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The Guariento Angels in the Eremitani Museum in Padua

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The Guariento Angels in the Eremitani Museum in Padua

How many types of angels are there? Apart from the Guardian Angel usually we would not think of anything else. In fact there are so many different types of angels, even nine!

If you want to know more I recommend you visit the beautiful Museum of the Eremitani in Padua, which houses the most beautiful works of the City of the Santo.

In one of the rooms of the museum, the private chapel that the Carraresi Family - Lords of Padua from 1318 until 1405, when the city was conquered by the Republic of Venice - had within their city palace, has been rebuilt.

To decorate this religious place, which at the time was a symbol of power and prestige of the family, the most famous painter of the time in Padua was called: Guariento of Arpo (who worked during 1338-1367), a pupil of the great Florentine Giotto.

Guariento painted on the ceiling of the Chapel the nine Choirs of angels, following the breakdown of Dionysius the Areopagite: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Principalities, Powers, Virtues, Archangels and Angels.

At the first order (Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones) was given the task to worship God; the second (Dominions, Principalities and Powers) the government of the world; the third (Virtues, Archangels and Angels) the execution of God's plans.

Have you ever been to Padua? The wonderful city of Santo is worth visiting, perhaps accompanied by an expert tour guide. With our private guided tours of Padua, you can arrange an itinerary on a  day and time of your choice!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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