Angel of Death

  • Robert Windham, Angel of Death, 1979, catalpa, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. James L. Whitehead and Mr. P. Elliot Ellis, 1980.108.2

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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.

Title
Angel of Death
Artist
Date
1979
On View
Dimensions
12 x 6 3/4 x 7 5/8 in. (30.5 x 17.0 x 19.4 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 male – elderly
  • Allegory – death
  • Religion – angel
Object Number
1980.108.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
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