Category:Pelicans in Christian art

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  • Italiano: Secondo la leggenda antica il pellicano, in mancanza di altro cibo, nutriva del suo sangue i piccoli. Per questo è stato usato nell'arte come allegoria dell'altruismo e della Carità.
  • English: According to ancient legend published in mediaeval bestiaries, female pelicans nourished their chicks with their own blood pecked from their breasts, when in want of other types of food. In art they therefore repesent an allegory of altruism and charity, and thus represent Christ himself who shed his own blood for the benefit of mankind, termed "A pelican in her piety".