Angel from an Architectural Reliquary

Angel from an Architectural Reliquary

c. 1400

Gilt bronze

Overall: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Alfred M. Rankin 1972.74


This beautiful Gothic angel is probably a surviving element from a large architectural reliquary. The last clue to its lost context disappeared when the symbolic attribute was twisted from the angel’s fingers, possibly during the destructive zeal of the French Revolution. The technique and style are characteristic of the lay workshops employed by the Valois courts during the early 1400s.

See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Gilt bronze

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