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Head of an Angel

Head of an Angel

c. 1750
(German, 1696–1770)
Overall: 48.1 x 64.3 x 23.6 cm (18 15/16 x 25 5/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

Did You Know?

Part of the angel's wings are made more luxurious by the addition of gold paint, a process called "gilding."


This decorative bracket was intended to simulate a functional supporting element at the top of a pilaster or beneath an organ loft or pulpit in a church. Joseph Anton Feuchtmayer, a member of a family of artists active in southern Germany and Switzerland, worked in a variety of media including wood and stucco. He often enlisted the aid of assistants, one of whom may have executed this work.
  • Kurt Rossacher (Salzburg, Austria), sold to Severance and Greta Millikin, 1960, upon his death, retained by Greta Millikin.
    Greta Millikin, upon her death, held in trust by the estate.
    Estate of Greta Millikin, by bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1989.
  • Ditner, David Charles. Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century European Sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Dissertation. Cleveland, OH: Case Western Reserve University, 1986. Reproduced: p. 321
    Cleveland Museum of Art. Catalogue of the Severance and Greta Millikin Collection. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1990. Referenced: cat. no. 266, p. 102
  • The Severance and Greta Millikin Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 5-September 2, 1990).
  • {{cite web|title=Head of an Angel|url=false|author=Joseph Anton Feuchtmayer|year=c. 1750|access-date=25 May 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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