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There are two main types of angels in Western art. They are sometimes depicted as adult human figures with large wings and sometimes as plump babies referred to in art as "Putti". While most of us are familiar with white- winged angels, in the past they were depicted with very colorful wings as can be seen in the ketuba in front of you.


Angels adorned a variety of objects. They can be found on ketubbot, Hanukkah lamps, special certificates and also as a decoration for songs, as in the case of the song written in honor of a Torah scroll, from Cento near Ferrara.

But angels also appear in the Bible. The angels are messengers from God who appear before man, as in the story of the three messengers who came to tell Abraham and Sarah about the impending birth of their son. Sarah, upon hearing the news, laughed. She was already very old and had never been pregnant. When the boy was born, as the angels promised, Abraham named him - Isaac.


Coneliano Veneto (Italy), 7th of Nissan 1782 (1782)

Groom: Yitzhak Ben Meir Morforgo,

Bride: Hannah daughter of Avraham ben Shimshon Grashini

Handwriting, ink and tempera on parchment

The loan of the Central Archive for the History of the Jewish People

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An angel blows the trumpet, except from a ketubah

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A song in honor of a Torah scroll

Chento (Italy), 1830

Engraving and handwriting on paper

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The three angels visit the tent of Abraham and Sarah

Illustration from the Passover Haggadah

Vienna, Austria, 1749

Handwriting, ink, gold and watercolor on parchment

Gift of Nora Aviad, 1987

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