11 Angels from our Collection

Posted on by Fay Curtis.

On Friday 11 December we’ll be getting into the festive spirit with The National Gallery’s #AngelTrail.

Museums, galleries and landmarks across the UK and Ireland will be sharing angels that appear in their collections over on Twitter – we’ll be sharing a few from @bristolmuseum. Here are 11 angel objects from across our collection. Merry Christmas!

1. Adoration of the Shepherds

Painting of a nativity scene

This beautiful painting by Marcellus Coffermans is on display in our European Art gallery at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

2. Banksy’s Angel Bust


The paint pot angel is one of our most popular exhibits. Banksy left this sculpture behind after the 2009 exhibition Banksy versus Bristol Museum.

3 & 4. Angels in ‘death: the human experience’


Staying on the sculpture theme, these sculptures are on display in our death: the human experience exhibition.

5. Bristol Cooperative Society Banner


6. The Nativity, Jacob JORDAENS, the elder


Another nativity scene, you can see this painting on display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery or on our online collections search.

7. George Pine’s Distinguished Conduct Medal


George Pine’s 1914-1918 war medal – gold medal with an angel on the front.

8. Gather Series – Angel is Waiting 9 by Xue Lu


Not *technically* part of our collection, but too beautiful not to share – these angel wings were on display in the Ahead of the Curve: new china from China exhibition at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (13 December 2014 – 1 March 2015).

9. Virgin and Child with Saint Joseph and Donor


Another on display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, the centre panel of the Withypool Triptych by Antonio da Solario is from our collection, with the wings on loan from The National Gallery.

10. Brooch


From our social history collection, this brooch has FREEDOM; WPSU stamped behind the angel and VOTES FOR WOMEN below it.

11. The Archangel Michael Casting Down the Devil


This black and white print on paper shows an angel about to put the devil to the sword.

Watch The National Gallery’s #AngelTrail series:

One comment on 11 Angels from our Collection

  1. Jacqui Furneaux

    I really, really enjoyed the National Gallery Angel trail. How beautiful!

    Thank you. I’m a regular popper-in to my museum at the top of the hill!


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