About the collection
Angels are depicted in many different religions and cultures from around the world. From the Lamassu of Ancient Sumer, the Sphinx of Ancient Egypt, the Peacock Angel of the Yazidi religion, and to the angels of the Abrahamic religions well known in the west.
The Angels of the First Sphere is an exploration of the biblical depictions of angels, and the collection includes three choirs of angels from the highest order in the celestial hierarchy put forward by 5th century Christian theologian and Neoplatonic philosopher—Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite.
In Christian Angelology, the first sphere is said to be composed of the Seraphim, Cherubim and the Thrones. A study of the 72 angels of the Shem HaMephorash, derived by medieval Kabbalists from the Book of Exodus also informed this work, and the sigil of an angel from the corresponding choir is included on each piece of artwork.