An angel is a messenger of God, and a being which has stood before God and praised Him from a time before human comprehension. We cannot fully grasp what an angel's exact nature is, but we can understand an angel's function on earth. In icons, angels—especially the high-ranking Archangels—are depicted in an earthly form. All the angels are dressed as humans, in clothing accented with gold, the color of holiness and Heaven.
In the Bible, Gabriel is a key liaison between God's work and human comprehension of it, so he is clothed in a deacon's vestments. His vestments are oftentimes green, a color which contrasts to red in its connection to peaceful renewal and the mediating power of the Holy Spirit through the sacraments. Gabriel also carries a reed, which shows that he bears messages in peace.
This icon was painted by Athanasius Clark.
Posted by adrian on Aug 16th 2017
An amazing icon! Very beautiful colors. I also like the rectangular shape of this icon! Very vivid!
Posted by Unknown on Jun 21st 2017
I chose this icon as a gift for a friend with a special devotion to Archangel Gabriel, and I am pleased with the product. The style is beautiful and well-balanced, whilst being vibrant and fresh.