Oil painting on canvas, A Putto-angel holding something red: a fragment, manner of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Seville 1617 – Seville 1682). The winged, putto-angel, seated on a stone holds something red above its head with its right hand.
According to William John Bankes (1786-1855), a fragment of Murillo’s La Porciúnculá (originally the High Altar of the Capuchin Friary in Seville, and now in the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne): this is impossible but it could have formed part of one of Murillo’s two other last depictions of this subject “cut out by the French soldiery & applied to the covering of a knapsack”. Acquired by William Bankes and sent back to England by September 1815; bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981
Marks and inscriptions
Recto: Inscribed on the cartouche over the painting:
An Angel (cut out by the French soldiery & applied to the covering of a knapsack) originally part of an altarpiece at Seville by Murillo
Makers and roles
manner of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Seville 1617 - Seville 1682), artist
attributed to Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Seville 1617 - Seville 1682), artist