Animals in Architecture Picture

More from the school art project at the moment, entitled Buildings, this time featuring some animal carvings found in architecture around the world.
Done with HB pencil, biro pen and watercolours on a plain A4 sketchbook.

The main image features the Nemean Lion, from Greek legends. The Nemean Lion was the first trial of Hercules; it was a giant, man-eating beast that terrorised the Nemean plains, and after he wrestled it to death by hand, Hercules was often seen to wear its pelt as he completed his other trials. It is a symbolic image of Greek mythology, and is here shown as a carving on the wall of a temple.
The top-left is the she-wolf which was said to suckle the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, after they were abandoned by their mother, a Vestal Virgin impregnated by the Gods.
Finally, the far right image is a metal carving of the Prussian Eagle, or the Eagle of Prussia - the flag of what started as the Teutonic Knights, progressed into the country of Prussia, and finally evolved into Eastern Germany, the part taken over by the Soviet Union after WWII, before being dissolved when the Berlin wall was knocked down in 1989.

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