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Angel Blowing a Trumpet

Angel Blowing a Trumpet

1857-1859

Edgar Degas

(French, 1834-1917)

Black chalk

Support: Gray wove paper

Sheet: 44.1 x 54.1 cm (17 3/8 x 21 5/16 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1976.130

Fun Fact

Related studies suggest that the subject is a male model; Degas added breasts almost as an afterthought.

Description

The figure in this drawing closely resembles a number of trumpeting angels in drawings that Edgar Degas made between 1856 and 1858 in preparation for an ambitious but ultimately unrealized history painting on the subject of Saint John the Evangelist accompanied by an angel. Rather than referring to any single passage in the Book of Revelation, Degas distilled an image from passages describing seven trumpeting angels who unleash destruction on earth with their blasts, the voice of Christ that addresses John in loud tones "like a trumpet," and individual angels who lead and instruct the Evangelist.

See also
Collection: 
DR - French
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Medium: 
Black chalk

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