Byzantine icons - Archangels Michael and Gabriel

Byzantine icons - Archangels Michael and Gabriel

This is one of the most representative byzantine icons, depicting Archangels Mihail and Gavril - an icon painted in Byzantine style, with original decorative elements.

Both Michael and Gabriel are created by God to strengthen the prominent link between man and the divine plan of the universe, and they are present in many Orthodox houses as a symbol of righteousness.

Archangel Michael is an outstanding figure of the Orthodox Church: he is the guardian of Paradise, the messenger that sent Abraham to sacrifice the life of his son Isaac and the one who warned Lot to flee from Sodom and Gomorrah.

On the other hand, there is Gabriel - the other sentinel that watches over all mankind. His name represents redemption, due to the fact that he was chosen by God to give the Virgin Mary the news that she was about to become the mother of God's Son. What happened later changed the course of history and promised redemption of man through Jesus Christ.

There are some differences between the two: while Michael is never described as interacting with humans, Gabriel, on the other hand, is depicted only interacting with humans. Gabriel is the one that is always bringing God's message, while Michael is the archangel that comes with the warnings.

Gabriel is the one that God talks through, while Michael is the one that God sends to bring you on the right path (he has angels at his command and is often seen as a military figure).

Archangel Michael's name means "he who is as God" - he is the most powerful angel and a protection one, the patron of mercy and justice.

Archangel Gabriel's name means "God is my strength" - the patron of communication, the messenger of God.

Like all the other Byzantine icons, this too is an object of veneration, of prayer - not the painting itself but the religious individuals in this painting.

 

Style: Byzantine, neo-byzantine

TechniqueOil painting and gold leaf on wood.

Artist: contemporary artist, Romanian painter – Stefania Nistoreanu

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