Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

From Putti to Angels: The Celestial Creatures in Otto Vaenius’ Paintings and Emblems

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter discusses how a pictor doctus such as Otto Vaenius used figures (putti and angels) in paintings, engravings, and emblems, emphasizing some allegorical iconographies that have been, for the most part, invented by him. As for religious paintings, it is worth noting that, for some pictures, he implicitly refers to various sources, either biblical or exegetical. Many angels and putti are to be found in Vaenius' paintings, designs and emblems. Perhaps his most original one is that of the Triumph of the Catholic Church, intended for humanist viewers, who were likely to meditate on the Catholic Faith. To these erudite eyes, it was clear that angels act as messengers and enlighten the meaning of all the paintings. In the paintings, they are depicted as bridges between an inaccessible and invisible God, and the viewers whose destinies are ephemeral.

Keywords: angels; emblems; Otto Vaenius; putti; religious paintings; Triumph of the Catholic Church



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Imago Exegetica — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation