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Angels Making Music

A work made of etching from two plates in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching from two plates in black on ivory laid paper.


c. 1650


Cornelis Schut, I (Flemish, 1597-1655)
after Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640)

About this artwork

When creating this ensemble of heavenly musicians, Cornelis Schut I was inspired by the tapestry series depicted in Peter Paul Rubens’s painting The Adoration of the Eucharist (1937.1012). On the left, an angel crowned with a floral wreath plays a lute. A trio of angels accompanies him with a trumpet, horn, and shawm (similar to an oboe). On the right, three angels play a bass violin (a precursor to the cello), a lute, and a violin. Groups of cherubs sing along, sometimes with the aid of songbooks.


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Cornelis Schut, I


Angels Making Music


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching from two plates in black on ivory laid paper


35 × 51 cm (13 13/16 × 20 1/8 in.)

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John H. Wrenn Memorial Endowment

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