Since the Italian Renaissance. Baby angels have been a source of interest and fascination for the artist. Painters such as Raphael and Michelangelo have been the creators of some of the most famous fairy paintings. During the Middle Ages. Raphael extended the theme of Cupid (the harbinger of love) by creating characters such as “Puti”, who ignite the spirit of love wherever he goes.
These expressions of love looked like male children with wings who gave them the essence of angels. The “cherubs” or “cherubs” were biblical angels representing the glory of heaven. Art incorporates Cupid and Putti, two biblical angels that were incorporated into the Renaissance period.
Let us now explore some of the most famous fairy pictures as iconic as they are!
Sistine Madonna by Raphael
“The Sistine Madonna” was painted in 1512 at the request of Pope Julius II for the Church of San Sisto in Piacenza. The painting depicts the Virgin Mary or Madonna descending from heavenly clouds to earth. She carries baby Jesus with St. Sixtus in her arms, kneeling on the left, guiding the way.
On the right is Barbara, the patron saint of the Sisto Church, on her knees. At the bottom of the picture are two cherubs on the fence. Two lovely angels look at Mary and baby Jesus in innocent discussions.
“The Sistine Madonna” also represents humanism, which puts humans and their needs above religious belief. The Renaissance master’s work is considered one of the most enigmatic.
This has started many debates regarding the meaning behind the painting.
The Conversion of Saul by Michelangelo
“The Conversion of Saul” is considered one of the most famous religious paintings of all time and was painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti between 1542 and 1549. True to its name, the painting depicts the conversion of Tarsus’ wicked and tyrannical Saul into Paul the Apostle.
According to the Bible, Saul was about to persecute Christians on his way to the city of Damascus. That’s when Jesus decided to confront him by hitting him with a divine ray of light. As a result, the Hebrew Saul began with an epiphany that transformed him into an advocate of Christianity.
The painting depicts Jesus surrounded by angels and Paul by his traveling companions. The masterpiece is rich in color and moving with vibrancy. Paul is falling from his horse in distress, which was the equivalent of “falling from pride in Michelangelo’s time”.
Venus in its Mirror by Diego Velazquez
Painted by a Spanish artist of the Spanish Golden Age between 1647 and 1651, “Venus at Her Mirror” depicts Venus, the goddess of love, with Cupid, the harbinger of affection. The painting shows Venus perched on a couch in a sensual pose as she gazes at her charming reflection. The image is formed on the mirror that the baby angels wear.
The painting also depicts the “Venus Effect”, which means that Venus is not looking at itself, but at the viewer through a mirror. The angel Cupid is depicted with beautiful white wings, around which is wrapped a royal blue cloth. The bright colors of the sheets and curtains create a contrast and both give an essence of vibrancy to nude subjects.
The Conquest of Galatea by Raphael
Created around 1512, “The Triumph of Galatea” is a fresco by Italian Renaissance artist Raphael. Based on Greek mythology, the painting tells the story of Galatea, a sea-nymph who falls in love with the mortal farmer, Aesis. However, their love meets a tragic end when the jealous Polyphemus beats Aesis with a boulder, killing him.
Galatea mourns her lover by turning her blood into the Sicilian River Asis, which still flows near the Aetna today. Raphael portrays Galatea in triumph as she stands on a chariot of the sea drawn by two dolphins, with Triton and other nymphs surrounding her. Three baby angels or putti are flying over him with bows and arrows.
Cupid and Psyche as Children by William Adolphe Bouguereau
The French painter William Adolphe Bouguereau created “L’Amour et Psyché, Enfants” in 1890. In the Golden Ace, Lucius Apuleius tells the story of Cupid and Psyche, which inspired him greatly. The artwork depicts a butterfly-winged psyche and an angel-winged cupid, who embrace above a cloud. It is a representation of love, purity and innocence.
The textures and outlines bring out the impeccable adoration of the vintage baby angels that evoke the classical style. The painting aimed to address subjects such as sexuality and sexual intercourse in a subtle way, especially when these subjects were deemed taboo.
Angel Renaissance paintings are as historically rich as they are flawless and intriguing. Some of the most famous fairy paintings have a destination in First Art Gallery, which is also the world’s largest supplier of made-to-order oil paintings! So go ahead and venture into the world of cute pictures of Cupid and angels and hang them in your abode!