Angel

Italian
late 15th century


Object Place: Europe, Italy

Dimensions

Overall: 57 x 26.5 x 9.8 cm (22 7/16 x 10 7/16 x 3 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.1473

Medium or Technique

Stone; Alabaster

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Relief of an angel. Fragment of a larger architectural structure.


This fragment of a larger sculptural ensemble shows an angel walking, as if about to enter a doorway. Pairs of such figures often flanked the central element of an altar or tabernacle, creating a sense of focus and symmetry and encouraging viewers to enter conceptually into the space or scene.

Provenance

Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston; 1917, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw, through Quincy Adams Shaw Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)

Credit Line

Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton