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Figure - Kneeling angel

Kneeling angel

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Florence (carved)

  • Date:

    ca.1525-1542 (carved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cosini, Silvio (Attributed)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    carved marble

  • Museum number:

    89:1, 2-1882

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b, The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery, case FS []

The positions of the arms and hands indicate that this and the companion angel originally functioned as candleholders on either side of an altar. Candles were used during the Mass to illuminate the altar and evoke the symbolism of Christ as light.

They were purchased from the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and probably originated from a church under the patronage of the Strozzi family, who were powerful bankers.

Physical description

Kneeling angel, sculpted in white marble, supporting a candelabrum of carved and painted wood.

Place of Origin

Florence (carved)


ca.1525-1542 (carved)


Cosini, Silvio (Attributed)

Materials and Techniques

carved marble


Height: 96.5 cm, Width: 37 cm, Depth: 55 cm

Descriptive line

Kneeling angel, sculpted in white marble, supporting a candelabrum of carved and painted wood, by Silvio Cosini, Italy (Florence), second quarter of the sixteenth century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1882. London, 1883, pp.10
MacLagan, E, and Longhurst, Margaret, H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. London, V&A, 1932, pp.136
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, Her Majesty's Stationary Office, 1964, pp.447
Gamba. 'Silvio Cosini', Dedalo. X, 1929, pp. 232, 239
Bacci. 'Gli 'angeli' di Silvio Cosini nel Duomo di Pisa', Bollettino d'arte. xi, 1917, pp. 111-32




Sculpture; Religion; Christianity; Lighting


Sculpture Collection

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