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Angel of Death

1979 Robert Windham Born: Ebenezer, Alabama 1911 Died: Ebenezer, Alabama 1993 catalpa 12 x 6 3/4 x 7 5/8 in. (30.5 x 17.0 x 19.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. James L. Whitehead and Mr. P. Elliot Ellis 1980.108.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B


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Sculptor Robert Windham lived in rural Alabama and drew much of his inspiration from statues and gravestones in local cemeteries. He carved Angel of Death from catalpa wood, a light-colored exotic hardwood that is native to the eastern United States. Windham applied tung oil to the surface to create a rich, golden finish that emphasizes the wood's subtle grain. In this piece the angel shows compassion for a dying man who lies comforted by her enveloping arms and sweeping wings.

Keywords

Allegory - death

Figure male - elderly

Religion - angel

sculpture

folk art

wood - catalpa

carved

About Robert Windham

Born: Ebenezer, Alabama 1911 Died: Ebenezer, Alabama 1993

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