The Guardian of Paradise

The Guardian of Paradise (German: Der Wächter des Paradieses) is an 1889 painting by the German artist Franz Stuck. It shows a glowing angel with bird-like wings and a flaming sword.

The Guardian of Paradise
ArtistFranz Stuck
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions250 cm × 167 cm (98 in × 66 in)
LocationMuseum Villa Stuck, Munich

It was Stuck's first large oil painting. It was entered into the 1889 art exhibition at the Glaspalast in Munich, where it won a gold medal and 6000 Mark. The painting became a breakthrough for Stuck and made him a recognised symbolist artist.[1]

It is kept at the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich.[2]


  1. "Franz von Stuck". Open Culture Foundation. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  2. "Villa Stuck". (in German). Retrieved 2016-06-17.
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