Viceroyalty of Peru (Peru), 17th century
Oil on canvas
Inscription above his head “BENIGNITAS ET MANSVTVDODI”
Inscription of the plinth “ETENIM DOMN 9 DABIT BENIGNITATEM Y ET TERRA NOSTRA DABIT FRVCTUM SVUM PSA. 84”
Provenance: Former bullfighter Antonio Fuentes Zurita Collection, Seville (1869–1938)
The Angel Zadkiel is depicted face-on, looking out at the spectator, against a background made up of mountains and trees. His right hand is pointing to a lamb, while the other is resting on his breast. Two beautiful iridescent wings unfurl from his back. The iconography of this painting links it to the Agnus Dei, which represents the sacrificed Son of God. This archangel (not one of the canonical ones) is depicted as a beautiful beardless youth with elegant facial features and sumptuous clothing made up of a long robe over which he wears a beautiful short tunic with a short skirt, painted with great skill to imitate a rich fabric decorated with a border of large circles, brocade and a varying palette of soft colors and gold.