The Papal-Ass

Based on an illustration from “a bitter anti-papal pamphlet written by Martin Luther and his coleague Philip Melancthon. Alleging that the beast was found in Rome at the end of the 15th Century, they analyzed it as a symbol for the papacy: the ass’s head, inappropriate to the beast’s body, was just as incongruous as the Pope at the head of the Church.

“The left foot was clawlike, they charged, because the Pope’s servants grasped the world so greedily; the right hand was an elephant’s foot because the overbearing Pope crushed weak souls with elephantine force. The old man’s head facing backward meant that the papacy was drawing near its end, and the dragon-headed tail spewed fire just as the Pope “belched” edicts, books and words. The beast’s scales, they asserted, represented reactionary rulers clinging to the Pope.”

Quote from an art book who’s name I failed to write down.

See the original illustration below.


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    • Eric on May 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I dunno why you got such a hate-on for Paypal?

    Amazing drawing, though.

    • Joe G.! on May 12, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    I like your Martin Luther fan-art.

    • Jeff on May 19, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    An all-around fantastic rendition, Jason, especially the detailing on the scales!

    • Sarah on July 28, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I love your take on the creature. It looks much better than the original, and would also make a good trickster creature in a story.

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