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Guardian Angel of Saragossa.

  • The guardian angel of Saragossa. Zaragoza Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    The guardian angel of Saragossa. Zaragoza Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Sculpture

Date

1435 - 1445

Artist

Pere Johan

Cultural background

Renaissance

Original title

Ángel Custodio de Zaragoza.
Zaragoza Museum
Zaragoza
Zaragoza, Aragon
Zaragoza

A sculptural piece in polychrome alabaster showing a guardian angel identified as the protective patron of the city of Saragossa.

In concordance with the international Gothic stylistic current, the angel’s features are emphasised with the polychrome covering the sculpture. This suggests its original location may have been the inside of a Gothic civic building in the 15th century, such as the Kingdom’s Government or the city’s exchange.

The artist represented the qualities and tastes of the Crown of Aragon from the last twenty-five years of the 15th century in the piece. The angel reproduces iconographic models made by the master Pere Joan on the carrier angel on the coat-of-arms of Dalamu de Mur, on the under seat of the main altarpiece in Saragossa cathedral or that of San Miguel in Tarragona cathedral.
 

Details of the work

Origin
Old Puente (bridge) or Angel gate

Object
Statue

Dimensions
Height = 111 cm; Width = 58 cm; Thickness = 48 cm

Technique
Polychrome sculpture

Material
Alabaster

  

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