Androcles and the Lion Italian School, 17th century Oil painting on canvas Canvas: 21.5cm. X 17.5cm Very fine quality early Italian Old Master oil painting depicting “Androcles and the Lion”. The work dates to the 17th century. Androcles (Greek: Ἀνδροκλῆς) or Androclus is the name given by some sources to the main character of a common folktale that is included in the Aarne–Thompson classification system as type 156. The story reappeared in the Middle Ages as "The Shepherd and the Lion" and was then ascribed to Aesop's Fables. It is numbered 563 in the Perry Index and can be compared to Aesop's The Lion and the Mouse in both its general trend and in its moral of the reciprocal nature of mercy. Condition report: The painting, for its age, is very pleasing and presentable.
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