In this painting the Archangel Saint Adriel is exquisitely depicted.
The archangels are usually young and beautiful. They are the knights of Heaven and must be dressed in splendor. They have to evoke sympathy, as well as a sense of their power and also of their benevolence, as their function is the performance of good works.
In this painting he wears a silken gold brocaded tunic. The deep lace flounce on the kiltlike lower section matches the flowing sleeves. His footwear is a high leather shoe with gold lacing and trim. Fine soft stockings are held in place with jeweled buckles, and brooches also clasp the sleeves and collar. The half-open wings and swirling cloak give the impression that he has just landed from on high-even of weightlessness. Here we see the metamorphosis of the traditional stiff figure into Baroque exuberance-a style peculiar to Alto Peru. Even in Mexico such flamboyance is not encountered.
Solemn and powerful figure, it was painted with meticulous detail.
His regal, exquisite brocade gown is embellished with bronze leaf.
This addition of stenciled or painted gold leaf onto oil paintings is called, as it was in early contracts, brocateado.
It is also sometimes termed sobredorado (overgilding) and has also been described as escarchado.
Look at the exquisite facial features and the color composition, it is just simply amazing.
SIZE IS: 36'H x 24'W
MEDIUM: Oil on stretched canvas
FRAMED: No (Frames are heavy and drive up the cost of shipping so you can go
to local gallery to frame it and it is very easy and cheap.)
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