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Nicolás Francés (active 1434-1468)
The Fall of the Angels, ca. 1440
Tempera on panel
32 1/2 x 35 1/4 in. (82.5 x 89.5 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. Harry S. Leyman and Fanny Bryce Lehmer Endowments, 1959.20

In the upper register of the panel, four angels in white hold crosses downward to dispel rebel angels from heaven. Four angels tumble out of heaven in the middle of the canvas. In the lower portion, demons receive the fallen angels. The panel is placed in a frame with two gothic arches.


    Church of San Miguel, Villalpando, Spain [1]
    Collection Busquets [2]
    (Collection Schaeffer [2])
Until 1959:   (Kurt Gratwohl, Zurich, sold to)
1959-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] The panel was originally part of an altarpiece dedicated to Saint Michael. It hung in the church of San Miguel in Villalpando, Spain.

[2] José Gudiol stated in correspondence with the CAM that the retablo of San Miguel from Villalpando was formerly in the collections Schaeffer and Busquets. The Schaeffer collection may refer to the dealer Hanns Schaeffer, as he offered another panel from the Villalpando retablo to the CAM in 1959. Letter from Gudiol dated March 1, 1959, with attached list of works by Francés.

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