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a representation of a young, sometimes winged, boy; a favorite decorative motif in Renaissance art and in the art of the 17th and 18th centuries. Putto, in which features of ancient erotic figures were combined with features of Christian angels, represented the introduction of a sensual worldly principle into art.

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In Renaissance architecture and derivatives, a decorative sculpture or painting representing a chubby, usually naked infant.
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With respect to the artwork presented in this article: while the rather dowdy putto frieze in Amsterdam Centraal station tried to depict the concept of Leisure Travel by allegorising the action of travelling in a narrative sort of comic-strip, the Frankfurt typology of travellers attempted the same through personifications of different forms of journeys, acknowledging at the same time that the Grand Tour had lost its archetypical status.
For the putto's crown held high above the deer park and table loaded with books never really did make much sense.
Helena with a "putto" indicating to the empress where she will find the true cross--a magnificent painting of the mother of Emperor Constantine in a sixteenth-century gown and crown, painted by Veronese around 1580.
Given what we know of Pontormo's interest in probing the limits of the relation between reality and ideality, Supervielle's text could not have a better emblem than Pontormo's drawing of this nude youth, which would later be transformed into a putto in the definitive version of the fresco.
Chianti Classico in 1924 was followed by Chianti Putto in 1927.
Atop one panel with a map of the Holy Land, a putto sips from a honeycomb.
The section also includes an impressive pair of giltwood figural torcheres in the 17th-century Italian baroque style, each with a glass globe supported by a putto entwined in the tail of a dolphin (estimate pounds 1,200 to pounds 1,800).
With their childish follies, these putti have a broader history (see Charles Dempsey, Inventing the Renaissance Putto, 2001), and more readily provide an ironic foil to scenes of education, love, sacrifice, and death, not to mention the deluded fancies of the male hero.
Could this money not be putto better use alleviating world misery?
In Rinaldo and Armida (a subject from Tasso's epic on the liberation of Jerusalem), a putto in the guise of Cupid tugs back the arm of the Saracen enchantress as she prepares to stab the sleeping Crusader Rinaldo with a dagger.
Following on from the dramatic sale in December by the scholar-dealer Andrew Butterfield of a gilded wood spiritello or putto, which was recently exhibited at Moretti Fine Art and attributed to Donatello, UK dealers the Tomasso Brothers found new homes for more 15th- and 16th-century Italian sculptures, beautifully presented in the grand premises of Carlton Hobbs.