The Archangel Michael ( מִיכָאֵל – Micha’el – Hebrew: “Who is like God?”) is the only “archangel” explicitly referred to such in the New Testament (Jude 1:9). The Archangel Michael is the patron saint of law enforcement and police and police officers. This reverse oil painted icon measures 5 inches high and 3.5 inches wide. This Saint Michael the Archangel Contemporary Icon is a splendid gift for a special birthday, first communion or confirmation, for police officers, and most especially for that special “Michael”, “Mike”, “Michaela”, or “Michelle” in your life!
A Reverse Oil Painting on Glass
Reverse oil painting on glass is an art technique by which the artist paints a picture on the reverse side of a glass surface. Realistic reverse paintings are extremely challenging to create since, for example, in painting a face, the artist must put the pupil of an eye on the glass before the iris, exactly the opposite of painting a picture. The artist is not able to correct any errors made earlier since the surface between the glass and the paint already applied is now completely inaccessible. An artist in Poland who specializes in religious themes painted this and many other reverse oil paintings on glass. Each of these beautiful paintings are enclosed in handmade frames with a leather back made by the artist’s elderly mother. No two paintings are alike. To see other reverse oil paintings by the same artist, click here.
Each icon is a true one-of-a-kind original work of art. Colors and depiction will vary, sometimes significantly. We are happy to email you images of what is currently available. Please contact us.
Michael – Saint and “Archangel”
An “archangel” (in Greek, ἀρχάγγελος) is an “angel of higher rank” (arch- + angel, literally chief angel). Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are the three archangels venerated in the Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions on September 29th. The Saint Michael the Archangel Contemporary Icon depicts the Archangel Michael casting out of Heaven the great dragon, Satan (Revelation 12:7-9). In his right hand Michael grasps his fiery sword (Genesis 3:24). In his left hand, Michael grasps his lance and is poised to thrust it into the dragon.