LUMA Holiday 2011 Angel Ornament
Members: $35.10 / Non-Members: $39
Angel, ca. 1640
Lindenwood with traces of polychromy
Gift of Mrs. Howell Howard 1977-21
This joyful angel is one of a pair by the German sculptor Martin Zurn (1585/90 – after 1665). For much of his life, he collaborated with his father and his brother Michael on a number of grand sculpted altarpieces. Many were richly painted and gilded, with a profusion of angels tumbling from heaven, ecstatic in revelation of the divine on earth. From the angel's theatrical pose, we may assume it came from such a structure; designed to lead the viewer's eye towards the focal point of either a heavenly being or a tabernacle containing the consecrated Host.