Exhibitions/ Art Object

Bronze sleeping Cupid

Pseudo Francesco Antonio da Brescia
ca. 1500
Northern Italian
Diameter: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
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.
Frédéric Spitzer , Paris (by 1892–1929; his sale, Anderson Galleries, New York, January 9–12, no. 280; sold to MMA)
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