Ceiling panel from Dean House, Edinburgh

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Ceiling panel from Dean House, Edinburgh

This panel is one of a series which made up a painted ceiling in the great hall at Dean House in Edinburgh. Seven panels have survived from the ceiling which was painted between 1605 and 1627.

This panel depicts St Luke painting. To the left is an ox, an animal associated with Luke in Christian symbolism. The other three evangelists are also symbolised in the Book of Revelations. Luke was the author of the 3rd gospel and the Act of the Apostles.

Dean House, with its crowstepped gable, was built in 1614 for the Nisbets of Dean. William Nisbet of Dean, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, was knighted by James VI in 1617. The house was used as a romantic setting for James Ballantyne's novel Miller of Deanhaugh.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-623-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KL 68
Date: 1605 - 1627
Between 1605 and 1627
Material: Wood, painted
Dimensions: 1070 mm H x 750 mm W x 40 mm Th
What: Panel, ceiling
Subject: Carved woodwork, painted ceilings (NMAS Classification)
Who: C.K. Sharpe Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Dean House
Description: One of seven painted ceiling panels from Dean House, Edinburgh, showing St Luke, painted between 1605 and 1627
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