Enter the characters you see below Sorry, we just need to make sure art drawing children’re not a robot. Angels have appeared in works of art since early Christian art, and they have been a popular subject for Byzantine and European paintings and sculpture. Specific ideas regarding how to portray angels began to develop in the early Church. The earliest known Christian image of an angel, in the Cubicolo dell’Annunziazione in the Catacomb of Priscilla, which is dated to the middle of the third century, is a depiction of the Annunciation in which Gabriel is portrayed without wings.
In a third-century fresco of the Hebrew children in the furnace, in the cemetery of St. Priscilla, a dove takes the place of the angel, while a fourth-century representation of the same subject, in the coemeterium majus, substitutes the Hand of God for the heavenly messenger. In this same period, Saint John Chrysostom explained the significance of angels’ wings: “They manifest a nature’s sublimity. That is why Gabriel is represented with wings. Not that angels have wings, but that you may know that they leave the heights and the most elevated dwelling to approach human nature. Accordingly, the wings attributed to these powers have no other meaning than to indicate the sublimity of their nature.
12th century icon of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel wearing the loros of the Imperial guards. Angels appear in Byzantine art in mosaics and icons. Artists found some of their inspiration from winged Greek figures such as “Victory”. They also drew from imperial iconography.