TURNER, Joseph Mallord William
(b. 1775, London, d. 1851, Chelsea)

The Angel Standing in the Sun

Oil on canvas, 79 x 79 cm
Tate Gallery, London

This dazzling and strange painting is the companion-piece of the Undine. The Angel is none other than the Angel of the Apocalypse from the biblical Book of Revelation. Perhaps the artist was thinking of himself as he conceived the apparition materializing from a blaze of his famous painted sunshine.