An­gels from the realms of glory

An­gels are not just for Christmas. Caro­line Campbell looks heav­en­ward to ex­plain the di­vine and en­dur­ing ap­peal of God’s winged mes­sen­gers in art

Country Life Every Week - - From The Fields -

AMONG the most ap­peal­ing—and om­nipresent—fig­ures in the paint­ings of the Na­tional Gallery are an­gels. You can’t move with­out see­ing them. An­gels are ex­tra­or­di­nary crea­tures: we are told that they are di­vine spir­its, yet they seem to sit some­where be­tween the hu­man and the heav­enly. They lead us to our bet­ter na­ture and en­cour­age us to rise above the cor­po­real to the realms of pure spirit.

Today, many peo­ple as­so­ciate an­gels ex­clu­sively with Christmas. Who of us hasn’t re­ceived a Christmas card bear­ing an an­gel or care­fully placed an an­gel at the top of our Christmas tree? But an­gels are not just for Christmas. We find them through­out Western art of all pe­ri­ods and act­ing in a wide

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