Giuseppe Torretti
The Archangel Sealtiel

1726
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" on the base of the statue is from Hebrew Shealtiel, "prayer of God." The banderole in the angel's hands gives the Latin translation, oratio dei. St. Sealtiel does not appear in canonical scripture, but in the 5th- or 6th-century Conflict of Adam and Eve (I, xxxi – Malan, 33) he and another angel are sent to rescue Adam and Eve from the mountaintop where Satan had planned to cast them to their death, and from there he entered into Orthodox and Roman Catholic lore.

According to his Wikipedia article, Sealtiel is believed by some to be the angel in Revelation 8:3 who "stood before the altar, having a golden censer; 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." This identification is reflected in images of Sealtiel, which use a censer as his attribute. In this statue, the body of the censer is being handed up to him by one putto while another proffers the cord.

In Malan's translation of The Conflict of Adam and Eve the angel's name is "Salathiel." Other sources render it "Selaphiel."

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See the other three statues in the set: Raphael, Michael, and Gabriel.

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