ngels are always depicted as men but looking effeminate. Raphael supposedly incarnated and took form to walk with the boy Tobias, calling himself "Azarias the son of the great Ananias". Angels were traditionally depicted as androgynous, sexually ambiguous looking youths (as are the earliest pictures of Jesus). Perhaps this is because Jesus had explained that angels were sexless beings. He said when the Righteous Ones rose from the dead, they "neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels which are in heaven". As our knowledge of our material world increased, the spiritual realm was pushed farther away. The idea of the angel was becoming more detached from its religious foundations. Angels became more romanticized, more secular. The word angelic applied to women and an angel was seen as epitomizing womanly grace. Most of us, when we hear the word angel think of either an elegant looking female with very youthful features, smooth skin, with two wings and long locks of hair, or we think of a small child, perhaps two or three years old, androgynous, with two tiny wings and a rosy face.