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The relevance of this exhibition is noted by purposeful presentation and examination of the angel image in Lithuanian art, combining work from different branches of art (sculpture, graphics and painting). Exhibit also reflects different tendencies in different eras and many various angel representation in art.

Art accompanies human being since ancient times, with the help of the art we can learn about our ancestral history, extend traditions and customs. Artists constantly seek to represent our feelings and the world around us, often reflected details have a great value and meaning to the public.

It has become a tradition, that Christian family hangs up cross, religious picture or has a figurine in their house most visible place – it is a symbol of blessing and peace for the family and home. In the context of other artistic expressions, namely liturgical art is one of the most honored and oldest expressions among art works. Angel image is inherent from the liturgical art. In the Christian religion angel is referred as a semi-divine being, a prophet, an intermediary between human and God, also it has not only the physical form, but can be invisible as well. In the Old Testament, angels are mentioned as the only servants of God, as well as his family members, that communicate God’s message to humans and implement God’s commandments. In traditional folk sculpture, painting and graphic works angel image often appears as a  guardian,  it seems like it function as a guardian of a person had to be very relevant and familiar. Faith in guardian angel existed even in the first Christian centuries (this belief existed in Greek, Persian and other nations), its image formed in Italian Renaissance paintings and cult gained popularity in XVI-XVII century’s art.

Lithuanian artists are familiar with liturgical themes and angel depiction in art work. This virtual exhibition is designed to acquaint the viewer with the motif of an angel, and its imaging versatility in Lithuanian art (paintings, graphics and sculptures).