Relatively little is known about the two statues of kneeling angels (NG P 723, NG P 724) attributed to the baroque sculptor Josef Straub, since their provenance is unknown.
Both display the stylistic traits of Straub’s oeuvre, which include characteristic features such as wide-open almond-shaped eyes, deftly wrought curls and a mouth section with strongly accentuated heart-shaped lips.
The two statues undoubtedly belonged to a larger altar group. In terms of composition, they could have been placed on either side of the tabernacle as adoring angels, as on the high altar in the parish church of St Margaret of Antioch in the village of Selnica ob Dravi. On the other hand, Straub also placed compositionally similar angels on the top section (or “attic”) of altars, for example on the side altar dedicated
to St Anthony of Padua in the chapel of ease of Our Lady of the Assumption in Podlehnik.