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Guardian Angel, c. 1745-1765

Unknown (Austrian - 18th century)

linden with polychrome and gold and silver leaf
168.5 x 138 x 63.5 cm with base
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada (no. 14926)

These figures came from the original decoration of the cloister of the Ursuline convent in Vienna, which included niches with painted life-size figures of saints and scenes of the Passion set against a painted landscape. Executed by various hands, here the brightly coloured surface polychromy and the flower motif on the robe of the angel suggest a Spanish or Portuguese sculptor rather than a local artisan.

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