Angels are messengers from God. They appear in the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Traditional art pictures them with wings (so that they can travel between Heaven and earth). Angels are male (so it's Gabriel, not Gabrielle!) even though artists sometimes depict them as female (like the artist on the right). Sometimes they are named and appear physically, like Gabriel in Luke's story, but in other stories they are unnamed and only appear in dreams, as in Matthew. Later Christians saw them as being organised into different ranks within Heaven (see Extras).