Archangel Gabriel

Information Pictures and Links regarding Archangel Gabriel

Archangel Gabriel has a remarkable position as one of the few cultural figures who plays an important role in more than one major religion. He is refered to in the Old Testament as appearing to Daniel. In Christian tradition he appears to the Virgin and to Zachariah. In Islamic tradition he is renowned for dictating the Holy Koran to the Prophet Mohammed.

The frequent references to Gabrial in literature and Art mean more than any other Gabriel defines most people's idea of what an angel is. In particular the potent image of Angel Gabriel announcing the impending birth of the Messiah to Mary has inspired generations of artists in the process creating one of the most iconic images of Western culture.

This blog collects together a collection of links and information about the references to Archagel Gabriel through the centuries.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Angel Gabrial Descent of Holy Spirit Iconostas

Found at :
Two wonderful pictures of Orthodox Iconastas from The Descent of The Holy Spirit Church in Deerfield

The Angel Gabriel

Angel Gabriel Iconastas
Angel Michael Iconastas

Monday, May 14, 2007

Annunciation on Royal Doors

Annunciation on Royal Doors (one panel)

Icon Gallery, Ohrid

From the church of St. Nicholas Hospitaller, Ohrid.
14th-15th century

111 x 36 cm.

Found at:

Annunciation on Royal Doors Gabriel

Tempera. Plaster ground on board

Today - Icon Gallery, Ohrid.

Condition: Relatively well preserved. Damage due to flaking of plaster ground in the lower part.

Iconography: Archangel Gabriel is shown in full length, facing half left. He gives a blessing with his right hand and in his left holds a rod. He is dressed in red hiton and purple himation.

The upper part of the doors – King Solomon shown in half-length, dressed in green divineation and purple mantle. In his right hand he holds an unfurled scroll inscribed with text of a prophecy. The background, gold.