The Four Evangelists
Memher Legesse Mengistu (Ethiopian, 1932 – 2009)
MediumInk and pigment on parchment
DimensionsSheet : 18 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (46.36 x 33.66 cm)
Credit LineGift of Neal and Elizabeth Sobania
LabelMemher Legesse Mengistu was an ordained priest and former church painter who began making art for the overseas tourist market in the 1960s. He specialized in painting on parchment and depicted both religious and secular subjects. This painting of the four evangelists recalls the traditional practice in Ethiopian illuminated manuscripts of inserting portraits of the Gospel writers at the beginning of their texts.