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I Heard an Angel
I heard an angel singing
When the day was springing,
“Mercy, Pity, Peace
Is the world’s release.”
Is Musical Angel a celestial being or does he resemble more an adorable child with wings? Actually he is a putto, a word for boy in Latin, who combines the human with the divine. He and his tiny brothers are popular players in Renaissance and Baroque art, usually occupying a heavenly realm, far above the earth. However, Florentine artist Rosso Fiorentino (1494-1540) has decided to allow us access to a putto up close, as he concentrates on performing his lute serenade.
Excerpt from I Heard An Angel by English painter and poet William Blake (1757-1827).
The above image and poem are used solely for educational purposes.
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