The Monastery is proud to present a new exhibition whose title is “Angels. The Representation of Angels in the Western Painting“.
The angel is a spiritual creature and its representation in art has changed over time.
In the Middle Age, the angel has a masculine aspect. He is thin and has a modest expression. He is wearing a dress. He will get later another important attribute: the halo. He is rarely flying in the sky.
In the late Middle Age, the angel look like a young person of great beauty, a being quite earthly and sensual. The angel of the Renaissance is also represented in sceneries with impressive architectural perspective.
The discovery of paintings and sculptures from the Antiquity during the Renaissance will deeply change the representation of the angel. Angels are now little chubby cherubs flying in the sky. They are inspired by putti, antic representations of the god Eros or Cupid.
Gradually, the angel gets a purely decorative role, without any spiritual meaning. The Barroco period of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries provides a great place for little cherubs playing in clouds.
Everything change in the the nineteenth century, the romantic period. The angel is now a beautiful female figure, unreal and fragile. The Pre-Raphaelites, the academic art with William Bouguereau, the Symbolists with Gustave Moreau, as well as the Art Nouveau represent angels as a winged female figure.
The exhibition present also five artworks made by Second Life four artists and designers
– Feathers Boa (Broken Angel)
– Ronnie Rhode (Bright and shiny Angel Statue)
– Ainee Kohime (Angel Sculpture)
– Anathaniel Gausman (Chemin de l’ange, Papillon et ange)