Curator‘s Comments

Captured in dramatic flight, this angel, with his robe swirling around him, holds the base of a twisted column. The column symbolizes when Christ was tied to a shaft and whipped, before being crucified. Other angels, bearing symbols of the Passion (sufferings) of Christ, and clustered around a large wooden crucifix, originally accompanied the angel in the Museum. The whole would have formed an impressive altarpiece, carved in a style made popular in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Germany by a master artist called Veit Stoss (active 1477–1533).

Unknown artist. German, 16th century

Angel Bearing a Column (front), 1500-1550



ID Number: SC 1920:26-1