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Carel Weight RA, The Departing Angel

The Departing Angel, 1961

Carel Weight RA (1908 - 1997)

RA Collection: Art

Like many of Carel Weight's paintings 'The Departing Angel' is set in his Battersea garden. It presents the religious story of the Annunciation in a contemporary context. The angel Gabriel [depicted as a female figure] takes leave after addressing the Virgin, who is petrified by the apparition. Weight often juxtaposed celestial beings with human beings incongruous suburban settings. In this instance the Angel wears house slippers and the Virgin sits on a patio chair.

Object details

The Departing Angel
Carel Weight RA (1908 - 1997)
Object type
Copyright owner
Oil on canvas

915 mm x 915 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Purchased from Carel Weight RA in 1963

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