The Weeping Angel of Amiens

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Tombeau du chanoince Luc Gillain, cathédrale d'AmiensTombeau du chanoine Guilain Lucas, cathédrale d’Amiens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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L’Ange pleureur, Notre-Dame d’Amiens

Amiens_monument_de_Gédéon_de_Forceville_(place_Joffre)_2eNicolas Blasset, monument de Gédéon de Forceville datant de 1874 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Weeping Angel of the Amiens Cathedral is described as a cherub, but were it not for his tears, we would mistake him for a putto (plural putti), a plump little angel hovering above in a Nativity scene, in Christian iconography, or above lovers, in secular iconography. In the Tale of Cupid and Psyche, Cupid is an oversized putto who does not belong to religious angelology.

L’Ange pleureur is the work of French sculptor and architect Nicolas Blasset (1600 – 1659). According to Oxford’s Grove Dictionary of Art:

“[Nicolas Blasset] became famous when, as a result of losing a lawsuit, he was obliged to execute a statue of a Weeping Angel (marble…

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