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Gloria in Excelsis – by Evelyn De Morgan – Catholic Art Print – Archival – Catholic Gift – Angel

Gloria in Excelsis – by Evelyn De Morgan – Catholic Art Print – Archival – Catholic Gift – Angel

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Gloria in Excelsis
Evelyn De Morgan

This gorgeous painting was done by Evelyn De Morgan, a deeply religious painter from the turn of the last century, famous at the time for religious and spiritually symbolic art. Gloria in Excelsis Deo, meaning Glory to God in the Highest, were the words the angels sang to the shepherds when Christ was born (Luke 2:14). According to Christie's, the painting "embodies the deeper message that Christ's birth will unite angels and men, separated by original sin, and that man may hope to join the heavenly host after death." The wings are of phoenix and peacock feathers, symbolic of immortality and renewal. Also the spring flowers at their feet suggest hope and renewal.

De Morgan (1855-1919) was trained in the style of the Aesthetic movement, which was very popular at the time. If emphasized the importance of beauty over narrative, which helps explain why this image of the angels at the birth of Christ is so beautiful, while the narrative elements such as the shepherds and the sheep are not pictured. We enjoy looking at this picture. We feel it is one of the loveliest pictures of angels we have ever seen, especially with its subtle message of our salvation. (source:

** IMPORTANT ** THE IMAGE IS SMALLER THAN THE PAPER! There is a white border of about 0.5" inch for 5x7", 1.3" for 8.5x11", or 1.6" for 11x14" pictures. All Approx! Fine art printers do this because the images are almost never the same rectangular ratio of the standard paper sizes. It also gives the prints a finished look, and lets them look good in a frame without a matt.

- Acid-free paper
- Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
- Cardboard backer
- Above story of the art
- Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.

Thanks for your interest!

Sue & John

"In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art." ~ St. Pope John Paul II

Original image is out-of-copyright. Descriptive text and image alterations (hence the whole new image) © by Sue Kouma Johnson - CatholicArtAndJewelry.
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