Great Hours of Anne of Brittany

Great Hours of Anne of Brittany The archangel Raphael, f. 165v

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The archangel Raphael, f. 165v

Saint Raphael, the guardian angel par excellence, is the only figure in the Great Hours of Anne of Brittany to be highlighted against a gold ground.
Prudence is one of his virtues and the index finger of his left hand draws attention to the need to take good advice, even though he holds a sword in his right hand. Like many angels portrayed in the late Middle Ages, he wears a deacon’s dalmatic that contrasts with the magnificent purple wings painted by Master Bourdichon. Saint Raphael is one of the sources for the earliest iconography of the guardian angel.

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