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Head of an Angel
  • Sassetta
    circa 1400–1450
    born: Republic of Siena (present-day Italy) ; died: Republic of Siena (present-day Italy) ; active: Republic of Siena (present-day Italy)
    Master of the Osservanza Triptych
    active circa 1430–circa 1450
    active: Republic of Siena (present-day Italy)
  • Head of an Angel, circa 1430–1435
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • tempera, gold leaf on panel
  • Object Diameter: 22.2 cm
    Object Diameter: 8 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Samuel H. Kress Study Collection
  • On view: Stewart Gallery, 406, S4
  • 1960.0044
Label Text

Round/tondo bust length portrait of a winged figure (Archangel Gabriel?) wearing a red and black robe with two buttons at the throat. Gold curly hair with leaves (identified as Olive leaves) around the face. Three-quarters view, turning to the left and looking down. Orange solid halo behind. Neutral dark background.