An Angel

Bathed in divine light, the angel in this red chalk drawing by Renaissance artist Raphael commands worship of God with his pointing left arm, guiding our attention upwards. He expresses tenderness towards humanity below with his more open right hand.

The symbol of the angel is strongly associated with Christmas, due to the important role that they played as informants in the traditional Christmas story.

This piece was a preparatory drawing for the mosaics of the Chigi Chapel in Rome, and was intended to be the angel above the head of Jupiter.

Details

  • Title

    An Angel

  • Artist/maker

    Raphael (1483 - 1520)
  • Associated place

    Europe (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1515 - 1516
  • Material and technique

    red chalk over some blind stylus

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    sheet 19.7 x 16.8 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by a Body of Subscribers, 1846.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.

    WA1846.208

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Further reading

Parker, Karl Theodore, Raphael: Drawings selected from the Collection in the Ashmolean Museum Oxford (Oxford University Press, 1982), pl. 23

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