Where or how did this portrayal of angels veer so far from God’s description of His created beings? Ancient pagan religions depicted winged servants of their gods as females with wings. These pagan angels were also messengers who did the bidding of these pagan gods. Below is an example of an ancient winged goddess, Nike. As you can see, there is virtually no difference in this pagan portrayal of their goddess with what we see represented in Christian art depicting angels of the Lord.
Scripture details who and what angels are. While angels are spirits, they are always referred to in the masculine. They are powerful beings that are God’s messengers. On some occasions, they have taken the form as male human being, never female. Angels in the Bible have never appeared as cute, cuddly infants eliciting our response of “cuchy, cuchy.” When people in the Bible saw an angel, the typical response was to fall on their faces in fear and awe.
The only source that depicts angels in Christian art as either beautiful winged females with flowing hair and long robes with wings or cute and chubby winged children originates and is borrowed from false and pagan religions.
Source of Article: by Tishrei - September 7, 2009 - (Fruit of the Word)