It depicts the Archangel Ariel.
One of the seven archangels, he holds a branch of olive and wears a richly embroidered tunic. The name Ariel is Hebrew and means Lion of God'. This beautiful being of light supervises the realm of earthly angels that are sometimes referred to as the mythical creates we call fairies, elves, leprechauns, etc. These so-called mythical creates are very real beings of light known as the Earth Angels. Ariel assists the human realm to communicate and connect with the realm of Earth Angels. Ariel and her legion of Earth Angels can help us to understand the natural rhythms of the earth and experience the magic and healing properties of the trees, flowers, rocks and soil. Ariel is also believed to work with Archangel Raphael in the healing arts.
In this painting he wears a silken gold brocaded tunic. The deep lace flounce on the kiltlike lower section matches the flowing sleeves. His footwear is a high leather shoe with gold lacing and trim. Fine soft stockings are held in place with jeweled buckles, and brooches also clasp the sleeves and collar. The half-open wings and swirling cloak give the impression that he has just landed from on high-even of weightlessness. Here we see the metamorphosis of the traditional stiff figure into Baroque exuberance-a style peculiar to Alto Peru. Even in Mexico such flamboyance is not encountered.
This addition of stenciled or painted gold leaf onto oil paintings is called, as it was in early contracts, brocateado. It is also sometimes termed sobredorado (overgilding) and has also been described as escarchado.
SIZE IS: 36'H x 24'W
MEDIUM: Oil on stretched canvas
FRAMED: No (Frames are heavy and drive up the cost of shipping so you can go to local gallery to frame it and it is very easy and cheap.)
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