Archangels were favorite subjects of Quito’s sculptors during the eighteenth century. They were represented young and dressed with a mixture of Roman and medieval clothes. The wavy movement of the mid-calf skirt of this figure evidences his heavenly origin. As a biblical description tells, St. Raphael teaches Tobias to fish whose guts were used to cure his father's blindness. The fish hanging from St. Raphael’s right hand reminds this event.


  • Title: St. Raphael
  • Creator: Unknown, from Quito
  • Date Created: 1780/1830
  • Physical Dimensions: w55 x h110 x d25 cm
  • Subject Keywords: ES002
  • Rights: Universidad de los Andes, Santiago de Chile
  • External Link: Museo de Artes Universidad de los Andes
  • Medium: Wood, polychromy, glass, silver, metal
  • Technique: Carved wood, polychromy, flesh painting, sgraffito, gold plated
  • Exhibition: Santiago de Chile, Lat.: 33.4012862, Lon.: 70.5079439

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