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Head of an Angel

Head of an Angel

c. 1750

Joseph Anton Feuchtmayer

(German, 1696-1770)

Painted and gilded wood

Overall: 48.1 x 64.3 x 23.6 cm (18 15/16 x 25 5/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. Severance A. Millikin 1989.154

Fun Fact

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

Description

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.

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