Two Angels

North Italian Painter (Verona?) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 640

These angels were once part of the fresco decoration of a chapel in the Torre della Gabbia in Mantua, probably executed about 1328 when Luigi Gonzaga became lord of the city. Detached from their original context in 1870, they had flanked a frescoed composition that included at its center a Madonna and Child with Saints Lawrence and Catherine of Alexandria. The matte surface is typical of fresco, in which the pigments sink into the support; the powerful, broadly conceived forms would have read clearly from below.

Two Angels, North Italian Painter (Verona?) (ca. 1330), Fresco

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