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Bronze sleeping Cupid

Pseudo Francesco Antonio da Brescia

Date:
ca. 1500
Culture:
Northern Italian
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Diam. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm.)
Classification:
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
29.12.1
  • Description

    The theme of the somnolent Cupid continued to reverberate in arts of the Italian Renaissance,
    including bronze plaquettes—small reliefs that sometimes compounded personal meanings. Here, the love god has pushed up his tunic to expose himself. His weapons and torch are at the ready but appear as if carved in relief on the altarlike structure beside him.

  • Provenance

    Frédéric Spitzer , Paris (until 1929; Spitzer sale, Anderson Galleries, 1929, no. 280)

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