Original study of Jophiel & the Tree of Life
Graphite | gouache tempera | Gold leaf
Archival bristol paper
A4 [21 x 29 cm]
An interpretation from the image
of archangel cherub Jophiel, also known as Dina.
His name means: "Beauty of God".
As described in the work of Dionysius the Areopagite:
Jophiel is a Cherub, with 4 wings, 4 heads [a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle].
She holds the sword of fire as she is in charge to guard the Gate of the Garden of Eden. She was the Angel that took Adam and Eve outside Paradise.
Beside her, the Sephirot 'Tree of Life', illustrated by Robert Fludd, Philosophia Sacra, 1626.
The Tree of Life, described in the Bible, was hidden from sight so that Adam or Eve could not eat from it and get Eternal Life once they have eten from the fruit of Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The Tree of Life has his roots on the sky and from there it grows towards the Garden of Eden. I added souls as fruits, represented as birds, which Gabriel takes to Earth.