Altar Angel (one of a pair)


On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 08

This figure, along with its pair (acc. no. 52.33.2) probably once held either candlesticks or instruments of the Passion. Deriving in style from the smiling angels on the west facade of Reims Cathedral, such works were placed around an altar. They stood on top of small columns that supported rods on which curtains were hung. The angels were originally painted in rich colors and gold. Their upward trailing wings are now lost.

#26. Altar Angel (one of a pair)

Altar Angel (one of a pair), Oak with traces of paint, French

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