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1887 Abbott Handerson Thayer Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1849 Died: Dublin, New Hampshire 1921 oil on canvas 36 1/4 x 28 1/8 in. (92.0 x 71.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.112 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing

Artwork Description

Abbott Handerson Thayer is recognized today for his ethereal angels, portraits of woman and children, landscapes, and delicate flower paintings. Angel is both a portrait of his daughter Mary at age eleven and an allegory of hope and spirituality. Thayer manipulated the paint with brooms, scrapers, his fingers, and even a paint tube to achieve his effects. The Renaissance-inspired frame, called a tabernacle type, was designed specifically for this painting by American architect Stanford White.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.


Religion - angel


paint - oil

fabric - canvas