VISION OF SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL ABOVE CASTEL SANT'ANGELO
Vision of Saint Michael the Archangel above Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome, oil, 36x48", 2011.
The painting is a representation of the vision seen by Pope Gregory the Great and hundreds of pilgrims as they processed from the Basilica of Saint Mary Major through the streets of Rome toward Saint Peter's Basilica carrying an icon of the Virgin Mary, Holy Mary, Protectress of the Roman People, Santa Maria Solus Populi Romani. Saint Michael dressed in the armor of a Roman soldier, is returning his bloodied sword to the scabbard, signifying that the plague of 590 AD would end.
The painting is of the apparition but is based upon the monumental bronze sculpture that is atop the castle now.
A history of some apparitions of Saint Michael the Archangel at Castel Sant'Angelo from The History and Decoration of Pont S Angelo, Mark Weil, 1974, The Pennsylvania State University Press:
"The miracle from which
the Castel and Ponte S. Angelo received their names took place at the end of the
sixth century. In the year 589
The miraculous vision of the
archangel was commemorated by a chapel dedicated to
1. F. H. Dudden, Gregory the Great,
Cover and article from my Friend, Joseph Pearce's, Saint Austin Review Magazine, Nov/Dec 2013. The article is similar to the above information:
And a book cover below: