image #69. 27 March 2017. Background angel.

#69 27 March 2017 - background angel resized

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).

june-14-altarpiece

 

 

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