This angel, with its soft facial features and weighty, voluminous folds of drapery, represents the medieval style of sculpture typical of Venice in the early 1400s. The earliest sculpture in this gallery, it belongs to a category of figures in high relief made by itinerant workshops for altarpieces and choir screens in churches in northern Italy and Venice. Saints or angels were often massed together within elaborate architectural frames. Half-length angels such as this one often surrounded images of a saint or the Virgin and Child, becoming heavenly mediators between the divine world and that of the viewer.
Mrs. Arthur James, Coton House, Rugby, Warwickshire (until 1948); [ Hans M. Calmann, London (sold 1948)]
Gómez-Moreno, Carmen. "Wandering Angels." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 20, no. 4 (December 1961). pp. 128-129, fig. 1.
The International Style: The Arts in Europe around 1400. Baltimore: Walters Art Gallery, 1962. no. 98, pp. 97-98, pl. 89.
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Lisbeth, and Jack Soultanian. Italian Medieval Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2010. no. 52, pp. 260–263.