Abbott Handerson Thayer, Angel, 1887, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.112
Abbott Handerson Thayer is recognized today for his ethereal angels, portraits of woman and children, landscapes, and delicate flower paintings. Angel is both a portrait of his daughter Mary at age eleven and an allegory of hope and spirituality. Thayer manipulated the paint with brooms, scrapers, his fingers, and even a paint tube to achieve his effects. The Renaissance-inspired frame, called a tabernacle type, was designed specifically for this painting by American architect Stanford White.
Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.
36 1/4 x 28 1/8 in. (92.0 x 71.5 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of John Gellatly
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- oil on canvas
- Figure female – waist length
- Religion – angel
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