Archangel Michael

Region: Russia
Period: 19th century
Size: 31 x 26,5 cm


Michael is depicted as an army commander, in soldier’s uniform with raised sword. Michael has always been important to believers. Already during the reign of Emperor Constantine the Great (280-337), Michael was considered the leader of the heavenly army. This image of the army of angels with their leader naturally fitted very well into the ideology of the Roman Empire. The emperor and his army ruled the earth, the heavenly army with the angel as their leader ruled heaven.