Mystery of Wolsey's missing angels solved

Once upon a time, four bronze angels adorned the gateposts of the Wellingborough Golf Club in Northamptonshire, England. No one paid much attention to them until two were stolen, but now all four, identified as Renaissance treasures, are the subject of a fundraising effort by the Victoria and Albert Museum. (photo)

The four angels were originally commissioned for the tomb of Cardinal Wolsey, lord chancellor to Henry VIII, in 1524 from the Florentine sculptor Benedetto da Rovezzano, but the project fell through when Wolsey fell out of favor with the king. “The recovery of Wolsey’s angels is one of those miracles that historians pray for; something that seems irrevocably lost has been there all the time, said Hilary Mantel, the author of award-winning book, Wolf Hall. “To claim the angels for the nation would connect us to one of the liveliest eras of our history and one of its most remarkable men.”