Angel on the Battlefield

Emanuel Leutze1864/1864

Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler Museum of Art

Over 600,000 Americans lost their lives in the Civil War. Surrounded by newspaper reports and gruesome photographs, Emanuel Leutze painted Angel on the Battlefield to comfort the broken and grieving nation. This angel inscribes the names of fallen soldiers in the Book of Life, honoring their courage and sacrifice. The dead wear a variety of uniforms, acknowledging that war’s tragic consequences affected both North and South, as well as the victims of earlier conflicts.


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  • Title: Angel on the Battlefield
  • Creator: Emanuel Gottleib Leutze
  • Date: 1864/1864
  • Location Created: United States
  • Provenance: Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY
  • Physical Dimensions: 31 1/8 x 23 5/8 in. (79.1 x 60 cm)
  • Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by Joan and Macon Brock, the Christiane and James Valone Charitable Fund, Shirley and Dick Roberts, David and Susan Goode, Mr. Joseph T. Waldo and Ms. Ashby Vail, Dr. and Mrs. T. W. Hubbard, Micky and David Jester, Kay and Al Abiouness, Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel A. Arias, Angelica and Henry Light, Ed and Linda Lilly, Leah and Richard Waitzer, Nancy and Malcolm Branch, Kathy and Bob Carter, Mr. Leslie H. Freidman and Mrs. Janet H. Hamlin, Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus W. Grandy V, and Tom and Carol Anne Kent
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas


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