Angel of Birth

  • Robert Windham, Angel of Birth, ca. 1978-1979, catalpa, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. James L. Whitehead and Mr. P. Elliot Ellis, 1980.108.1

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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 Birth 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. The angel's joyful expression as she holds the baby close to her chest symbolizes the celebration associated with a newborn child.

Title
Angel of Birth
Artist
Date
ca. 1978-1979
On View
Dimensions
13 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/4 in. (33.0 x 18.9 x 18.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. James L. Whitehead and Mr. P. Elliot Ellis

Mediums
Mediums Description
catalpa
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure – child – full length
  • Religion – angel
  • Allegory – life – birth
Object Number
1980.108.1
Palette
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