Where does the concept of angel wings come from? In the Bible, angels are not described as having wings. In fact, you will find many instances in the Bible where these heavenly beings are described as having a very human countenance. So, there is little information about wings of angels in this Holy Book.
You will find, however, many depictions of angels with wings. Indeed, angels with wings are featured in paintings, engravings and statues.
It seems like artists gave angels wings to emphasize the divinity of such beings. After all, wings are airy, light and almost magical.
Interestingly, angels are not the only creatures depicted as having wings. You will find winged beings in many ancient cultures, including:
- Ahura Mazda – A winged deity in Zoroastrianism.
- Cupid – The Roman god of love (Eros in Greek mythology).
- Hermes – the Greek messenger god (known as Mercury in the Roman pantheon).
- Isis – an Egyptian goddess often depicted with wings.
- Mors (also known as Thanatos in Greek mythology) – the Roman god of death.
- Nike – the Greek goddess of victory.
Wings are most often associated with good. However, there are a few villains and demons who also sport wings.
Heroes with wings
Archangel, Birdman, Hawkgirl, and Zauriel (the angel from the Justice League) are some of the heroes who have wings. We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.
~ Luciano de Crescenzo
Now, here’s small collection of angel wings. You may use them as inspiration to draw your own angelic wings.
Pictures of Angelic Wings
Below you will find the lovely wings of an angel, seen from behind.
This is a detail of a larger work depicting an angel's wing.
Here are a few more wings of angels
These are the wings of a stone angel.
This is an isolated angel wing sculpted in stone.
Additional angels wings
Drawings of Angelic Wings - If you love drawing celestial beings, you will find inspiration here.
More Angels Wings - Find here additional depictions of angelic wings.
Wings of Guardian Angels - A page dedicated to pictures of guardian-angel wings.A baby is an angel whose wings decrease
as his legs increase.
~ Author Unknown
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