Sankt Gallen (Kanton)
The Four Evangelists
The four Evangelists are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Their versions of the life of Jesus - the Gospel - are included in the New Testament. In art, they are depicted with their symbols: Eagle (John), Lion (Mark), Bull (Luke) and Angel (Matthew) or just with these symbols in the so-called tetramorphe.
Johann Jakob Oechslin
Four statues of the evangelists at the front façade of the church:
- St. Lukas / St. Luke with a bull
one of the four Evangelists. His attribute is an ox or bull, usually having wings
- St. Matthäus / St. Matthew with an angel
one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus and one of the four Evangelists. His attribute is an angel. As patron saint of book-keepers, tax collectors and security forces, he is also depicted with writing utensils
- St. Markus / St. Mark with a lion
one the four Evangelists. His attribute is a lion
- St. Johannes / St. John the Evangelist with an eagle
conventional name for the author of the Gospel of John - considered to be the same person as John the Apostle
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Item Code: chsg025; Photograph: 6 October 2014
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