This is a contemporary depiction of Saint Michael the Archangel . The Archangel Michael ( מִיכָאֵל – Micha’el – Hebrew for “who is like God?) is the only angel explicitly referred to as an “archangel” in the New Testament (Jude 1:9). This painting is a wonderful gift for a name day, birthday, first communion or confirmation, for anyone named Michael, for police officers (Archangel Michael is the patron saint of police and law enforcement).
The Artist explains the Medium and the Inspiration
The medium is acrylic on wood. Done in Grisaille technique (gray underpainting with colored glazes on top. The artist of this piece states: “Saint Michael is always portrayed as slightly intimidating, but I wanted him to be portrayed as friendly and peaceful.” The blue coloring evokes this peacefulness. Saint Michael is clothed in medieval garb. His face is modeled after the peaceful and friendly face of Garth Jones, a 19-century Irish historical illustrator and pen-and-ink artist.
Saint Michael the “Archangel”
In Greek, an archangel in Greek is an “angel of higher rank.” Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are all honored as archangels in the Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions. September 29th is their feast day. Saint Michael is traditionally depicted casting Satan the great dragon out of Heaven (Revelation 12:7-9). In his right hand Michael usually holds his flaming sword (Genesis 3:24). In his left hand he usually holds up the scales of justice (Daniel 5:27) to weigh the souls of the departed to show that he is the “enforcer” at the Last Judgment.