Archangel Uriel

Archangel Uriel

c. 1725
Artist
School of the Master of Calamarca
Country
Bolivia
Style/Tradition
School of the Master of Calamarca
painting
Oil paint on canvas
Gift by exchange of Althea Revere
1971.463
School of the Master of Calamarca. Archangel Uriel. c. 1725. Oil paint on canvas. Gift by exchange of Althea Revere. 1971.463.
Dimensions
frame height: 52 3/16 in, 132.5563 cm; frame width: 37 5/16 in, 94.7738 cm; frame depth: 3 in, 7.62 cm; height: 44.75 in, 113.6650 cm; width: 28.75 in, 73.0250 cm
Inscription
BL:"Vreil. Lum. Dei"
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

While the depiction of archangels is found in European art, the lavishly costumed, gun-bearing angels painted in Peru and surrounding areas during the Spanish Colonial period seem to be unique to the New World. These archangels can be interpreted as an army of protectors of the Catholic faith. Their weapons are the mid-fifteenth century harquebus, the first gun to be fired from the shoulder, an invention of the Spanish. The elaborate clothing is a blend of 18th-century European and indigenous fashion and indicates the high status of the wearer. The use of red and blue paints, particularly in the depiction of feathers, is distinctive to art from this region and evident here in the angel wings and hat plumes. These colors were sacred to the Inca and were symbols of high status and nobility.
--Julie Wilson Frick, 2015
 

Known Provenance
Gift by exchange of Althea Revere in 1971 by the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.