An Angel in Red with a Lute by Leonardo da Vinci


An Angel in Red with a Lute


Leonardo da Vinci

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This painting ‘'An Angel in Red with a Lute’, is believed to have been painted by an associate of Leonardo da Vinci, Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis. Together with ‘An Angel in Green with a Vielle', it came from the same altarpiece as 'The Virgin of the Rocks' by Leonardo. Painted around 1495-1499, with oil on wood panel made from poplar. It may have decorated the inside of a shutter on the left. Leonardo is likely to have played some part in the design but the execution is by an associate. When the outer panels are assembled with the centrepiece, the fact that both angels are turned the same way gives a strange appearance as if both were intended to go on the right side of the central panel. One would expect that, even if a single design was used, the motif would have been reversed, as was common in early Renaissance paintings. A recent investigation and cleaning of the two panels by the National Gallery revealed that the grey niches were later additions. A reflectogram of the painting of the angel in green revealed traces of a landscape behind the angels. The National Gallery proposes that the angels were at a level higher than the central panel, rather than on either side of it.