Six-Winged Seraph

Mikhail Vrubel, Six-winged Seraph, 1905. Watercolor and lead pencil on paper,  Museum of Alexander Pushkin, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Mikhail Vrubel (1856–1910) was born in Omsk, Russia. A true original, Vrubel considered himself apart from any artistic movement, including the Russian Symbolist painters active in his circle. Here, he depicts Isaiah's call to prophecy, as recounted in Isa 6. The woman, who is the prime subject of the painting, is one of the seraphs whom Isaiah encounters when God calls him to be a prophet. Seraphs are fiery, six-winged, angelic beings that attend Yahweh when he is seated on his throne.

Mikhail Vrubel, Six-winged Seraph. Watercolor and lead pencil on paper, 1905. Museum of Alexander Pushkin, St. Petersburg, Russia.

An inspired message related by a prophet; also, the process whereby a prophet relates inspired messages to others.

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