This angel stands squeezed into the extreme left of this painting by the workshop of Pesellino, peering round the halos of Mary and Jesus as if jostled by a crowd. He has an intense, world-weary expression that captivates me.
About five years ago I drew another detail from this altarpiece (below). The bird the infant Christ holds is probably a swallow, symbolising resurrection. The painting is sited in its own special alcove at Kelvingrove Art Galleries, with choral music in the background. However I listened to my own sacred music through headphones while drawing this (Low’s Congregation and Especially Me).