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Pair of Italian Painted Putto Masks with Wings

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Pair of Italian Painted Putto Masks with Wings

Reappropriated from the classical personification of love in Greek and Roman art, Cupid, the “putto” was a nude child figure used to portray cherubim in the religious and secular art of Renaissance Europe. Essentially decorative in nature, these diminutive figures rarely took part in the main events of depicted narratives. Rather, they were used as playful framing devices. Often portrayed holding back curtains, carrying scripture, or gazing onto the unfolding scene in front of them, their purpose was to draw the viewer’s eye inward. The putto displayed here likely served a similar purpose.
Origin | Italy
Year Made | 20th Century
Material | Wood & Plaster
Dimensions | 16"W x 6"D x 25"H
ID | 17M02007
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