|St Raphael Archangel|
|"St Michael Archangel"|
|" St. Michael Archangel"|
|"St Gabriel Archangel"(!!)|
But I am inclined to the view that the representation should bear some reasonable connection to the known characteristics of the person or being represented..
In Sacred Scripture Angels always appear as men of awesome countenance, dressed in shining white garments. Their entry upon a scene is immediate and surprising and given that fact and the awe they inspire, it is little wonder that they seek to re-assure the person they appear to on any occasion.
Consider the representations above - a fairly typical selection, or even the representation in this Blog's banner,
some are ridiculous, some are funny, some are schmaltzy some are quirky some are effeminate, and only one seems to avoid any of these tags - the one showing St. Raphael appearing to a Cistercian Saint .Even that falls short in the awesome / shining garments aspect.None seem to really portray manly strength representing Angelic Power, firmness of visage representing awesome appearance .Surely the Holy Angels deserve better than this! And surely our artists can do, and have done, better than this!
Can you suggest a link in the Com Box?