Friday, June 19, 2015

RELIGIOUS ART - 16th Century Carvings from the Bible! - Saint Michael

Saint Michael wooden carved in the round, polychrome and gilt. Standing,his foot on the dragon, he holds in his left hand an iron balance, and a spear in the right; he is dressed in antique with crested morion, armor festooned strapped boots with uncovered toes; molded base. 

Michael is an archangel in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He is mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel. The idea that Michael was the advocate of the Jews became so prevalent that in spite of the rabbinical prohibition against appealing to angels as intermediaries between God and his people, Michael came to occupy a certain place in the Jewish liturgy.

In the New Testament Michael leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan. Christian sanctuaries to Michael appeared in the 4th century, when he was first seen as a healing angel, and then over time as a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil. By the 6th century, devotions to Archangel Michael were widespread both in the Eastern and Western Churches. Over time, teachings on Michael began to vary among Christian denominations.

Umbria, 1600 H 96 cm