Icon of Archangel Michael (from a deisis of the 15th cent.)

Icon of Archangel Michael (from a deisis of the 15th cent.)
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Direct print on linden panel.
 
An icon from Zvenigorod deisis, painted by Ven. Andrey Rublev, kept in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
In the Scriptures, Archangel Michael is named the «Prince»,the 'Leader of the God's Army' and venerated as the main opponent of the devil and any iniquities among men. Hence his Church title of 'Archistratigus', i.e. the senior or chief warrior. As a faithful servant of God, Archistratigus Michael was appointed by God the head of the Celestial Hierarchy and a companion of the Church militant.
Initially, Archangel Michael was depicted with a staff or spear in one hand and a reflecting sphere (mandoria) as a symbol of foresight He received from God, in the other. On more recent icons, He is depicted differently, treading down the devil, keeping a palm leaf in one hand and a spear with a white banner in the other, with the burning sword and shield in His hands, or riding a horse. From the 12th cent. on, the image of Archangel Michael has been placed on the Final Judgment images. The icon of the Archistratigus is often to be found in the Northern part of deisis. Archangel Michael is venerated as a protector of warriors; the faithful would pray to Him for the delivery from evil spirits in sorrows or diseases.


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