Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Spiritual Beings

Frans Floris 1516-1570
The Fall of the Rebellious Angels
Oil on panel, 308 x 220 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 -1682 )
Abraham and the Three Angels (1670 - 1674 )
Oil on canvas
236.2 x 261.5 cm
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727–1804)
The Sacrifice of Isaac mid 1750s
Oil on canvas
15 3/8 x 21 in. (39.1 x 53.3 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Eugène Ferdinand Victor Delacroix (1798- 1863)
Jacob Wrestling with the Angel 1861
La Chapelle des Anges, L'église Saint-Sulpice, Paris

Gustave Moreau 1826- 1898
The Angels of Sodom circa 1890
Oil on canvas
Gustave-Moreau Museum, Paris

Jean Adrien Guignet 1816-1854
Tobias and the Angel 1846
Oil on wood 49.9cm x 40.4cm
Musée Rolin, Autun

Bravo Cecci 1607-1661
Agar et l'Ange/ Hagar and the Angel 1650
Oil on canvas 58cm x 72cm
Musée des beaux-arts, Dijon

Domênikos Theotokópoulos known as El Greco 1541-1614
The Annunciation 1570-1575
Paint on board, 49 x 37 cm (19 1/4 x 14 5/8")
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Ascribed to Carlo Maratti 1625 – 1713
Angel appearing to Saint Joseph seated on the ground
Drawing: Red chalk on paper 386 millimetres x 317 millimetres
The British Museum, London

The Annunciation to the Shepherds
Stained glass panel
About 1340
Clear, coloured and flashed glass, with paint and silver stain
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Baccio Bandinelli, 1488-1560
Dead Christ with Angel
Crypt, Santa Croce, Florence

Filippo Vitale 1585-1650
Saint Pierre délivré de prison par un ange/ St Peter liberated by an angel
Oil on canvas 129cm x 154cm
Musée des beaux-arts, Nantes

Hugo Simberg 1873-1917
The Wounded Angel 1903
Oil on canvas 127,00 cm x 154,00 cm
Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki

The word angel in English derives from the Koine Greek angellos ('messenger') used in the Septuagint to translate the Hebrew mal'akh (yehowah) "messenger (of Y-----h)".

The prophet Daniel is the first Biblical figure to refer to individual angels by name

St Augustine said:

“'Angel' is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is 'spirit'; if you seek the name of their office, it is 'angel': from what they are, 'spirit', from what they do, 'angel.'” (St. Augustine, En. in Ps. 103,1,15: PL 37,1348)

St Thomas Aquinas said:

"The angels work together for the benefit of us all" (St. Thomas Aquinas, STh I, 114, 3, ad 3).