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ID number:  BIRBI-50.10
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Donatello (Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi) (about 1386-1466) and workshop
Title / Object name:  An angel playing an aulos (flute)
Object type:  Sculpture
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  1447
Materials:  Bronze relief
Measurements:  58 x 21.9 x 3.5 cm
Provenance:  Purchased at Sotheby's sale of Henry Harris's estate (deceased), 24 October 1950, lot 76, for £75
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Donatello’s status as a pioneering sculptor of the 15th century was firmly established within his own lifetime. This relief, a simplified copy of one of the twelve angels from his complex multi-figural high altar at the church of St Antony in Padua, is testament to this fact and to Donatello’s continued popularity. The bronze is one of several made after the altar which, due to its format, due to its format, provided an easy way to transfer, piecemeal, Donatello’s large public commissions into collectable items for the art market.

Inscriptions / Translations:  None

Notes:  Cast: unknown workshop, perhaps Italy, late 19th century

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