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Adoring Angel

Piero di Giovanni Tedesco
ca. 1395–96
Made in Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Central Italian
Lunense marble from Carrara, Italy
Overall: 46 3/4 x 11 1/4 x 12 3/4 in. (118.7 x 28.6 x 32.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
One of a series of eight almost identical angels by the artist from the Cathedral of Florence, Santa Maria del Fiore, this figure was paired with and confronted an example now in the Duomo Museum in Florence. These sculptures and the others in the series flanked a larger statue of a martyr saint (Saints Stephen, Laurence, Victor, or Barnabas).
From the façade of the Cathedral of S. Maria Fiore, Florence; Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence(from the façade); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917); Private Collection, Florence
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