The Popularity of Cherubs in Art and Jewelry
These days, it seems like there is an angel everywhere you look. Pop culture has been inundated with angels for decades--these deities can be seen everywhere from movies to long-running TV dramas.
Now, they have finally made their way into the beading industry, and for good reason. Angels are presumed to be beautiful, innocent beings. Angel charms and décor can be more than fitting in a delicate necklace or an elegant bracelet.
Specifically, cherubs can be seen in more dainty pieces because of their simplistic, childlike nature--but what is a cherub? And why have they been the subject of everything from jewelry to works of art for centuries?
What is a cherub?
In various religions, there is assumed to be a class system for angels. Cherubs are one of the many classes of angels, and they have their own sector for a number of reasons.
First, cherubs are baby-like in appearance. Most people assume them to be angel children and depict them as such in art. Next, some believe that Cherubs were placed near the Garden of Eden, a place mentioned in biblical text, to keep mortals out. In addition, not everyone assumes cherubs are angels, but mortal beings created by a god for this sole purpose.
How do cherubs differ from other angels?
Because cherubs are in their own class, there is a stark difference between them and others as described by certain religions. While some people believe that they are angelic and childlike in appearance, others think that they have several mortal qualities and do not look to be a certain age.
Cherubs were also thought to be created for the main purpose of guarding Eden, while other angels have differing responsibilities (e.g., helping mortals, protection, etc.), placing them in a separate category.
Cherubs in art
For centuries, artists have been painting these religious figures because of their natural innocence and assumed baby-like looks, which make them attractive to the eye. One painter who has featured cherubs in many of his works is Raphael. This Renaissance artist painted perhaps the most famous depiction of cherubs in his piece, the Sistine of Madonna. Two cherubs with small wings sit side-by-side, contemplating and staring up at the heavens. Raphael also painted cherubs in The Triumph of Galatea, according to Artcyclopedia.com.
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