Saint Michael is considered arguably the greatest of the archangel warriors and in turn was greatly revered throughout the Byzantine empire, especially in Constantinople. In Constantinople, for example, emperors including Justinian, built and dedicated churches to the archangel Michael, moreover his apse mosaics once bedazzled church-goers, and his heavenly likeness was crafted onto precious icon panels.

That said, there are two amazing surviving examples from Constantinople of archangel Michael from the treasury of San Marco that take my breath away. The first is a panel with a half figure of archangel Michael (which I will featured next time) and the second is this full length silver-gilt and enamel icon featured above.

He stands in front of a richly decorated enamel background, representing the garden of paradise, as a military saint holding an orb in his left hand and a sword in his right. His magnificence wings and imperial dress stand out without a doubt as my favorite features on the panel.


Posted by Robert Horvat

Robert Horvat is a Melbourne based blogger. He believes that the world is round and that art is one of our most important treasures. He has seen far too many classic films and believes coffee runs through his veins. As a student of history, he favours ancient and medieval history. Music pretty much rules his life and inspires his moods. Favourite artists include The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Garbage and Lana Del Rey.

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