“Raphael”
 
M.L. SNOWDEN SCULPTURE
ANGELIC QUARTET

The Muses
 

M.L. Snowden’s newest sculpture collection, the Angelic Quartet showcases four exquisite bronzes entitled the Archangel Michael, Archangel Raphael, Archangel Ariel, and Archangel Gabriel.  Each angel literally floats through a moving bronze veil that allows the sculpture to poise in mid-flight.  Celebrating sculptural techniques inherited from Rodin, each one of Snowden’s Angels conveys a delicate balance between substantial bronze weight and delicate workmanship. Placed among the sculptor’s larger oeuvre, the Angelic Quartet creates a strong connection between the spiritual and physical qualities that exist within the heart of Snowden’s bronzes.

Archangel Raphael floats on a skein of silken bronze, conveying the peace of the Angel as a healer. Indeed, the name Raphel derives from the Hebrew word, “Rophe” meaning doctor. In Snowden’s incarnation, the Angel’s exquisite sculptural hands deliver comfort and aid, enveloped in the golden glow of a specialized variant of Rodin’s historic Fournier patina.


 

© M.L. Snowden.