Rembrandt van Rijn (15 July 1606 – 4 October 1669)
When Rembrandt van Rijn paints a man in armor it reflected his „hidden“ intention to portrait Christian Rosencreutz; or a homage to Archangel Michael.
Traditionally, all Archangels, like Raphael, Uriel, Gabriel, are painted as angelic beings, dressed by beautiful, loose hanging veils in light pastel colors. The only exception is Archangel Michael. He is presented by a human being (St. George) or angelic being, dressed for battle and with a fiery sword or spear (which stands for the human Ego, or spirit that reincarnates; also the Head of all Gods in Germanic mythology Wotan carries a spear when he wonders incognito over the globe).