European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Fragment of an AngelProbably made in Munich, Germany, Europe
Ignaz Günther, German, 1725 - 1775
Lindenwood with remains of paint, mounted on a painted wooden volute that was possibly part of the original support
1967-136-1a,bPurchased with the John D. McIlhenny Fund, 1967
LabelThis angel, and another now at the Cleveland Museum of Art, were almost certainly made for placement at either side of a tabernacle on an altar. Ignaz Günther, a leading sculptor in southern Germany, mostly received commissions for elaborate altarpieces and figures for religious contexts. His virtuoso skills as a carver and ability in capturing movement and spiritual expression are apparent in this refined figure, which would have been completed with wings and decorated with paint or metallic ornamentation that has since been lost.
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