"and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood over against him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself to the earth." Genesis 18:2 ASV
<p>"And he said, I will certainly return unto thee when the season cometh round; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard in the tent door, which was behind him." Genesis 18:10 ASV
<p>Illustration of Abraham bowing before the three heavenly visitors who have just told him that his wife Sarah, who is beyond child-bearing age, will have a baby. Sarah is seen listening in the doorway. The scripture calls it a "tent", but Abraham's home is pictured here as a house made out of wood, with an awning and step.The three men appear to be emerging from the Oaks of Mamre.

Abraham and Sarah Show Hospitality to Three Strangers at Their Home

"and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood over against him: and when he saw them,…

"So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden the Cherubim, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." Genesis 3:24 ASV
<p>Illustration of Adam and Eve as they are sent away from the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Life. Both are wearing animal skins and Adam is covering his face. Two angels, both holding swords, stand in front of a tree. A dog stands next to the angels.One angel points Adam and Eve away from the garden. The serpent is at Eve's feet with its mouth open. God is pictured looking down from the clouds. A small, oval image of Mary holding the baby Jesus is inset above Eve's head.

Adam and Eve are Punished and Cast Out of the Garden of Eden

"So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden the Cherubim, and the flame…

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:8-14 KJV

<p>Illustration of shepherds with their families, camping in the fields with their sheep. Angels appear in a cloud in the sky. One angel looks down at the shepherds and announces Jesus' birth. Two shepherds bow and shield their faces. Another shepherd huddles with a small child. A tent is set up behind them.

The Annunciation - The Angels Tell Shepherds in the Fields about the Birth of Jesus

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by…

"And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger." Luke 2:15-16 ASV
<p>Illustration of the shepherds' arrival soon after Jesus' birth. One kneels, one bows, and one stands in the background with a sheep over his shoulders. Angels are depicted overhead, along with the Star of Bethlehem.

The Adoration of the Shepherds at the Birth of Jesus

"And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another,…

"And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 24:31 ASV
<p>Illustrations of three angels in the sky sounding trumpets.

Angels with Trumpets

"And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together…

This letter A with angels is designed with the angels playing a trumpet and a sea shell in the background. All around are leaves and flowers.

Letter A with Angels

This letter A with angels is designed with the angels playing a trumpet and a sea shell in the background.…

"And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus." Luke 1:26-31 KJV

<p>Illustration of the Virgin Mary praying at an altar in her room as the archangel Gabriel approaches her to tell her she will give birth to Jesus. Gabriel is knelt on a cloud, his left arm raised. He is holding an olive branch. Above Mary's head, a dove is flying out of a cloud and a shaft of light glows down on Mary's head. A vase with lilies in it sits on the floor.

The Annunciation - the Angel Gabriel Approaches Mary while She is Praying

"And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,…

Jesus sits at the right hand of God and a dove, the Holy Spirit, hovers above them. Gathered around them are the apostles, Moses, and the Virgin Mary. There are also several angels and cherubim surrounding and within the group.

The Apostles, Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, and the Blessed Virgin Mary in Heaven

Jesus sits at the right hand of God and a dove, the Holy Spirit, hovers above them. Gathered around…

The barge moved from the brink.

The Passing of Arthur

The barge moved from the brink.

"And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven." Luke 24:51 ASV
<p>Illustration of Jesus ascending into heaven while surrounded by his disciples. Christ's mother, Mary, kneels with the other disciples on his right. A beam of light descends from the sky and surrounds Jesus.

The Ascension of Jesus at the Mount of Olives

"And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven." Luke…

This decorative border was designed by German Artist Albrecht D&uuml;rer in 1513. It is comprised of a pillar on each side of the border, scrolling ribbon at the top, and two angels holding a shield of a tree on the bottom.

Decorative Border

This decorative border was designed by German Artist Albrecht Dürer in 1513. It is comprised of…

This decorative border was designed by German Artist Albrecht D&uuml;rer in 1513. It is comprised of a pillar on each side of the border, scrolling ribbon at the top, and two angels holding a shield of a tree on the bottom.

Decorative Border

This decorative border was designed by German Artist Albrecht Dürer in 1513. It is comprised of…

An engraving from the second leaf of the block book, Canticum Canticorum (Song of Songs).

Canticum Canticorum

An engraving from the second leaf of the block book, Canticum Canticorum (Song of Songs).

The Assumption and the Coronation of the Virgin is a woodcut created by Albrecht D&uuml;rer in 1510. It is part of a series called "Life of the Virgin". It depicts Mary being crowned by God and Jesus among the clouds. It shows heaven and earth, angels and mortals. A woodcut is created by carving an image on a wooden block and rolling ink over that surface and then printing it on paper.

The Assumption and the Coronation of the Virgin

The Assumption and the Coronation of the Virgin is a woodcut created by Albrecht Dürer in 1510.…

Illustration of the Maccabee warriors fighting alongside angelic warriors in a swirl of battle. The angels are pictured wielding swords of fire and riding horses. The horses of the angels and Maccabees trample the king's soldiers. One warrior wears a winged helmet and wields a spear. The king's army is fleeing into the background.

Five Angelic Warriors Fight for the Maccabees

Illustration of the Maccabee warriors fighting alongside angelic warriors in a swirl of battle. The…

The engraving, 'The Flight into Egypt' by Peter Paul Rubens.

The Flight into Egypt

The engraving, 'The Flight into Egypt' by Peter Paul Rubens.

"for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the waters stepped in was made whole, with whatsoever disease he was holden. And a certain man was there, who had been thirty and eight years in his infirmity. When Jesus saw him lying, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wouldest thou be made whole?" John 5:4-6 ASV
<p>Illustration of Jesus healing a man in one of the five porches at the pool at Bethesda. The lame man is reclining and Jesus is praying over him. Several men, including disciples, stand around and watch the healing. On the other side of a wall, the pool is visible and an angel is hovering over it and reaching a staff down into the waters. A woman with a child waits near the pool. A man walking with crutches wades into the pool. A woman places a baby into the pool in the background.

Jesus Heals a Paralytic Man at the Pool at Bethesda While an Angel Troubles the Waters

"for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever…

Johann Overbeck's motive of this painting was borrowed from Raphael. It's from the collection of his first period works.

Holy Family

Johann Overbeck's motive of this painting was borrowed from Raphael. It's from the collection of his…

"And he dreamed. And behold, a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it." Genesis 28:12 ASV
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Illustration of Jacob sleeping, his upper body resting on a rock, and dreaming. His robe is wrapped around him and his left arm is resting on his abdomen. A ladder emerges from bright clouds in the center of the illustration. God is descending from the top of the ladder, his arms outstretched. Angels descend on one side and ascend on the other. There are six angels. Jacob's staff and satchel are on the ground next to him. Trees frame the image.

Jacob Sees God and Angels on a Ladder While He Dreams at Bethel

"And he dreamed. And behold, a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And…

"The main essentials in all the Roccoco Styles are a certain independence in the ornamentation of the main architectural organism, the prominence of this ornamentation itself, and finally its shape and design. A luxurious elegance is displayed in the treatment of interiors, which was most happily employed in the embellishment of the state apartments. [This image] gives an example of the absence of connection among the various ornaments employed in the system of decoration, such as was especially peculiar to the churches of the Jesuits."

Jesuit Churh, Rome

"The main essentials in all the Roccoco Styles are a certain independence in the ornamentation of the…

From the painting by Raphael, in the Louvre.

La Belle Jardiniere

From the painting by Raphael, in the Louvre.

This lectern is designed with two angels behind the slanted top. It is used as a reading desk.

Lectern

This lectern is designed with two angels behind the slanted top. It is used as a reading desk.

"Then Jehovah rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Jehovah out of heaven; and he overthrew those cities, and all the Plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt." Genesis 19:24-26 ASV
<p>Illustration of Lot holding hands with his two daughters as they are led from the burning city of Sodom by two angels walking on either side of them. One daughter carries a pot on her head. Lot's wife is behind them, facing Sodom. Fire covers the sky over the city in the background.

Lot and His Daughters are Led Away from Sodom by Two Angels

"Then Jehovah rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Jehovah out of heaven; and…

"How art thou fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, that didst lay low the nations!" Isaiah 14:12 ASV
<p>Illustration of Lucifer, Satan, falling from heaven, clinging to a rock. Michael, the archangel, hovers over him with a spear pointed downward, wings unfurled. He carries a shield with the cross on it. Four other angels, with swords or spears, hover behind Michael, fighting the fallen angels. Two angels fall into the abyss with Lucifer.

Lucifer's Fall from Heaven - Michael and Other Angels Fight Against the Vanquished Angels

"How art thou fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground,…

This is a drawing that comes from the English Illustrated Magazine in 1892. It was created by English artist Louis Davis. It seems to depict Baby Jesus and Mary with three angels surrounding them.

English Illustrated Magazine

This is a drawing that comes from the English Illustrated Magazine in 1892. It was created by English…

This is a drawing that comes from the English Illustrated Magazine in 1892. It was created by English artist Louis Davis. It seems to depict Baby Jesus and Mary with three angels surrounding them.

English Illustrated Magazine

This is a drawing that comes from the English Illustrated Magazine in 1892. It was created by English…

"And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, the two tables of the testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God." Exodus 31:18 ASV
<p>Illustration of God handing Moses the New Law on tablets of stone. Moses kneels on Mount Sinai and reaches up to God, who appears in a cloud. Five angels, three on one side of God and two on the other, play trumpets pointed down to earth. The Israelites can be seen camped at the bottom of the mountain. The golden calf is visible.

Moses Receives the Ten Commandments on Two Tablets of Stone

"And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, the two tables…

This painting by Giottois a piece that is considered Christian art. It is hanging in the church of St. Francis at Assisi.

Obedience

This painting by Giottois a piece that is considered Christian art. It is hanging in the church of St.…

Albrecht D&uuml;rer's Pirkheimer Border is a woodcut that was created by German artist Albrecht D&uuml;rer in 1513. It has a design of a combination of ribbons, grapes, columns and angels holding a shield at the bottom. A woodcut is created by carving an image on a wooden block and rolling ink over that surface, and then printing it on paper.

Albrecht Dürer's Pirkheinmer Border

Albrecht Dürer's Pirkheimer Border is a woodcut that was created by German artist Albrecht Dürer…

This Venetian print was created in 1562 by an unknown artist. It is a drawing of an old man's side profile, with an oval shaped frame around him. The outside of the drawing is decorated with pillars, angels and coat of arms.

Venetian Print

This Venetian print was created in 1562 by an unknown artist. It is a drawing of an old man's side profile,…

"And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

4 And it came to pass, while they were perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel:

5 and as they were affrighted and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?" Luke 24:3-5 ASV
<p>Illustration of three women finding an empty tomb when they come to see Jesus. One woman carries a jar. Another leans slightly over the empty tomb. Two angels stand at the end of the tomb, one holding an olive branch. The opening to the cave is uncovered and the lid to the tomb is off.

Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of James, and Salome Find Jesus' Empty Tomb

"And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass, while they were…

This pictorial banner features two angels standing on either side of Jesus' empty tomb. The lid of the tomb is resting atop the open tomb. A starry crown wreathed with flowers and a bow hangs over the scene.

Pictorial Banner with Two Angels and Jesus' Empty Tomb

This pictorial banner features two angels standing on either side of Jesus' empty tomb. The lid of the…

"Now when he was risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons." Mark 16:9 ASV
<p>Illustration of Mary, fallen on her knees, at Jesus' feet as He rounds a corner and walks towards her. Two angels holding olive branches, sit behind her, at the entrance to the empty tomb. Rays of light emanate from Jesus' head. He is carrying the banner of the cross.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene After His Resurrection

"Now when he was risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from…

"The decoration of the interiors of the buildings of the Renaissance is also copied from ancient Roman architecture. The rooms are either vaulted or have flat ceilings, but in both cases are adorned with paintings after the manner of those discovered in the Baths of Titus, as is shown in [this image], or by panel-work, that is, sunken coffers with a regularly distributed enrichment. These panels are themselves often adorned with historical or allegorical paintings, or with arabesques. Ornamented panels were employed in large palaces for horizontal ceilings, as also in churches, though in the latter case they were more often applied to cupola vaulting, as notable in St. Peter's."

Painted Vault of the Florentine Palace in Rome

"The decoration of the interiors of the buildings of the Renaissance is also copied from ancient Roman…

The coin (front) bears the image of the Virgin Mary receiving Gabriel's salutation. It was issued by Charles VI of France and by Henry V and Henry VI of England. It weighs approximately 54 grains.

Salute - a Golden Coin (Obverse)

The coin (front) bears the image of the Virgin Mary receiving Gabriel's salutation. It was issued by…

The coin (front) bears the image of the Virgin Mary receiving Gabriel's salutation. The back of the coin is decorated with a Christian cross. It was issued by Charles VI of France and by Henry V and Henry VI of England. It weighs approximately 54 grains.

Salute, a Golden Coin (Reverse)

The coin (front) bears the image of the Virgin Mary receiving Gabriel's salutation. The back of the…

"And I saw the seven angels that stand before God; and there were given unto them seven trumpets." Revelation 8:2 ASV
<p>Illustration of seven angels flying over the land and playing seven trumpets. A body of water and a city can be seen in the distance.

Seven Angels with Seven Trumpets

"And I saw the seven angels that stand before God; and there were given unto them seven trumpets." Revelation…

"And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and there shall no plague be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt." Exodus 12:13 ASV
<p>Illustration of the angel of death passing by the door of an Israelite home. The door is marked on the top side with the smeared blood of an unblemished lamb. The angel hovers over the ground and carries a sword in his right hand. Inside the house, a family can be seen gathered around the table with the slaughtered lamb on it. They are observing the first Passover. Behind the angel, a child lies dead in the street. Two obelisks and a pyramid are in the background.

The Death Angel Passes Over an Israelite Door Marked with the Blood of a Lamb

"And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I…

From the painting by Raphael, in the Vatican, Rome.

The Transfiguration

From the painting by Raphael, in the Vatican, Rome.

Angels sitting on either side of a box.

Triangular Doodad

Angels sitting on either side of a box.

"The Trinity. By Albrect D&uuml;rer. In the Belvedere, Vienna.'" -Heath, 1901

The Trinity

"The Trinity. By Albrect Dürer. In the Belvedere, Vienna.'" -Heath, 1901

An illustration of a woman sitting on a ledge next to two cherubs.

Woman Sitting on Ledge

An illustration of a woman sitting on a ledge next to two cherubs.

A young boy wearing a short tunic and holding a small harp is overarched by two angels.

Young Boy with Harp

A young boy wearing a short tunic and holding a small harp is overarched by two angels.