A Closer Look: Angels

A Closer Look: Angels

by Erika Langmuir

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Overview

Erika Langmuir examines the presence and surprisingly complicated history of angels in Christian art. She points out that angels need not be winged; they can wear antique dress, contemporary church vestments, secular fashions, armor, or nothing at all; their gender and age are uncertain; they may not even have bodies but appear only as winged heads; and they are not always good (Satan, of course, is a fallen angel). Langmuir explores these intriguing characteristics of angels by looking at some of the best-known and most engaging religious paintings in the Western tradition.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781857094848
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 06/24/2010
Series: A Closer Look
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Erika Langmuir, OBE, was Head of Education at the National Gallery, London, and is the author of many books, including Masterpieces and The National Gallery Companion Guide.

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