Fogg Museum's "highbrow lot" have indicated partiality towards Van Leyden's "cool, subtle" Angel, according to the current issue of Time Magazine. The painting is the most recent entry in Time's long list of public favorites.
Time's editor notes that, "The most notable quality in his (Van Leyden's) paintings is their daylight luminosity." They describe the painter at 33 as "rich and famous enough to make a triumphal tour of the Low Countries, dressed in a shining yellow suit, giving great banquets for the local artists."
According to "scholars," Time says. Van Leyden painted his Angel when he was 14 years old, in about 1508. His surviving pictures, unfortunately, are few.