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Attributed to Salvatore di Franco (active 18th century)
Southern Italian, Naples, 18th century
SAINT MICHAEL
the shield inscribed: QUIS UT DEUS
polychromed wood with later velvet, metal thread and beaded tunic and boots, with a silver shield and brass sword, on a straw and metal wire core
66cm., 26in.
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Catalogue Note

This dynamic figure of the Archangel St Michael compares closely with crèche figures by the 18th-century Neapolitan sculptor Salvatore di Franco in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Compare, for example, with the seated Virgin in the Metropolitan's crèche group (inv. no. 64.164.1a.b); note the same narrowed almond-shaped eyes and broad face.

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