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Astraea Returns to Earth (The Apotheosis of Charles II)

Photo credit: Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

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An allegory of the Restoration. An oval picture, with, at the bottom in the foreground, a golden haired seraphim with flowing cloak and large wings. In his hands he holds a sash, bearing the words, "TERRAS ASTRAEA REVISIT" (Justice has returned to the land). Beneath him, in the distance, cherubim carry an uprooted oak to heaven. The top half of the scene shows a female figure with long golden hair, dressed in flowing robes. She gestures upward to a five pointed star with her right hand. With her left, she points a sceptre or wand towards a portrait of Charles II, which is held by three cherubim reclining on clouds. On the left of the female figure is another cherub holding up a set of scales.

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries



oil on canvas


H 228.6 x W 142.2 cm

Accession number

NCM 1953-13

Acquisition method

purchased from Mrs Day, 1953

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Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

Nottingham City Council, Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG2 3NG England

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