Our Top Ten Angels in the Bible

Angels, the Bible and art. Take a look at these different depictions of angels in art and explore the Bible passages that inspired them.

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Angels, art and the Bible

There are many stories in the Bible featuring angels. And these stories have inspired great pieces of art. We take a look at some our favourite pieces of angel-art with a note of the passage in the Bible that inspired that artwork. 

Angels guarding the Garden of Eden: Genesis 3:20-24

Adam and Eve Driven From Paradise, James Jacques Joseph Tissot, c. 1896-1902, Source: Wikimedia Commons

Jacob’s ladder – Genesis 28:10-12

Jacob’s Ladder, William Blake, c. 1799-1806, Source: WikiArt

Archangel Raphael discloses his identity – Tobit 12:11-22

Archangel Raphael with Tobias, Pietro Perugino, c. 1496-1500, Source: WikiArt

An angel shuts the lions’ mouths – Daniel 6:16-22

Daniel in the Lion’s Den, David Teniers the Younger, c. 1655-1656, Source: Wikimedia Commons

Archangel Gabriel’s announcement of the Incarnation – Luke 1:26-38

The Annunciation, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, circa 1849, Source: Wikimedia Commons

An angel warns Joseph to flee – Matthew 2:13-15

Joseph’s dream, Daniele Crespi, c. 1620-1630, Source: Wikimedia Commons

An angel comforts Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane – Luke 22:41-45

An angel comforting Jesus before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, Carl Bloch, 1873, Source: WikiArt

Angels inside Jesus’ tomb – John 20:11-17

Christ in the Sepulchre, William Blake, c. 1805, Source: WikiArt

An angel frees Peter from prison – Acts 12:6-10

The Liberation of St. Peter, Antonio de Bellis, c. 1640, Source: Wikimedia Commons

Archangel Michael Vanquishing Satan – Revelation 12:7-9

St. Michael Vanquishing Satan, Raphael, 1518, Source: WikiArt