The Archangel Michael

The Archangel Michael, Palazzo Ducale, Venice
Today is Michaelmas, the Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel (also the Feast of the Archangels). In Christianity the Archangel Michael is the greatest of all the archangels, for having defeated Lucifer, and we can see his image prominently displayed on the corner of the Palazzo Ducale
The Archangel Michael, Palazzo Ducale, Venice
The archangel holds a sword and a scroll, on which is written ENSE BONOS TEGO MALORUM CRIMINA PURGO (With this sword, I protect the good and punish the crimes of the wicked). 

The words are appropriate in that Saint Michael looks across at the two columns in the Piazzetta, for centuries the scene of public executions. 


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