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p. 142. Picturing angelslocked

  • David Albert Jones


‘Picturing angels’ looks at the development of angels in art as a whole and religious art through history. The traditional depiction of angles has been largely shaped by Christian artists. In Judaism and Islam there has been a reluctance to depict angels. The concern is that making sacred images can easily turn into worshipping images. This concern has also resulted in many fierce debates in Christianity. The earliest depictions of angels are from the third century ce. The standard image of an angel as a man with wings and usually also a halo has endured from the fifth century.

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