Angel of Paradise

Marc Chagall, Angel of Paradise, 1956. Lithograph, From “The Bible” series, published by Verve, Mourlot Freres, Paris.

Chagall received a commission from the Paris publisher Teriade to create lithographs of biblical scenes for the art revue Verve. His first series of lithographs of Hebrew Bible subjects was published in 1956 and the Angel of Paradise was one of four angel motifs in this series. With their strong, bold colors and whimsical but poignant style, these proved to be some of the most popular Chagall lithographs.


A West Semitic language, in which most of the Hebrew Bible is written except for parts of Daniel and Ezra. Hebrew is regarded as the spoken language of ancient Israel but is largely replaced by Aramaic in the Persian period.

The set of Biblical books shared by Jews and Christians. A more neutral alternative to "Old Testament."

A recurring element or symbolism in artwork, literature, and other forms of expression.

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