Bearing these remarks in mind, [Angel Art: Part 1] let us examine the pictorial representations of angels by the early masters in art. It is necessary, too, to remember that Christian art at the first was directed and controlled by the Church. Art was bound to the service of religion: all its life and force were expended upon it, and, indeed, the workers themselves were, for the most part, until the thirteenth century, of the Church. We cannot touch upon the crude productions of the very early artists, and can only barely refer to the culmination of their art as exhibited in illuminated manuscripts. The beauty and delicacy of these decorated parchments are wonderful. With the use of the primary colours and gold, these, to us nameless, workers produced miniature pictures the charm of which—more than six centuries after their creators have passed away—still enthralls us. . . . → Read More: Angel Art: Part 2
Adam and Eve Pictures
From The Quiver, “Picturing the Angels” by Arthur Fish: And He placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” This, the first reference in Scripture to the heavenly hosts, brings involuntarily to the mind’s eye of the reader a conception more or less clearly defined of the angelic guardians of the gates of Paradise. From whence has this idea sprung? Not from the Bible itself . . . . . . → Read More: Angel Art: Part 1
For my very first post, I wanted to share excerpts from two books that eloquently express why Biblical Art can enhance our understanding and appreciation of the Bible.
From The Teachers’ and Students’ Encyclopedia by Patrick Fairbairn:
Special care and attention have been given to the preparation of the illustrations, of which about seven . . . → Read More: Biblical Art