Giuseppe Torretti
The Archangel Sealtiel

Church of Santa Maria Assunta ("The Gesuiti"), Venice

This is one of four monumental statues of archangels flanking the east end of the nave. The name Sealtiel Arch[angel] on the base of the statue is from Hebrew Shealtiel, "prayer of God," so the banderole in the angel's hands gives the Latin translation, oratio dei.

Sealtiel was believed to be the angel in Revelation 8:3 who "stood before the altar, having a golden thurible; a censer hanging from a chain so it can be swung and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer of the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar, which is before the throne of God." In the statue, a putto hands a golden thurible, a censer hanging from a chain so it can be swung up to him.

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