Exhibitions/ Art Object

Sleeping Cupid

Artist:
Bartolomeo Coriolano (Italian, Bologna ca. 1599–ca. 1676 Bologna (?))
Artist:
After Guido Reni (Italian, Bologna 1575–1642 Bologna)
Date:
1630–45
Medium:
Chiaroscuro woodcut in blue-gray and black printed from two blocks
Dimensions:
Sheet: 11 5/8 × 14 5/8 in. (29.5 × 37.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.73.3-107
Not on view
Reni's paintings of dozing infants were particularly prized, as was this print, which the seventeenth-century art historian Carlo Malvasia called "the famous head of sleeping Cupid." Here, the angelic quality of the child comes through. The popularity of sleeping Eros in antiquity and its revival during the Renaissance and the Baroque periods was a major inspiration for the iconography of putti and cherubs from antiquity to the present.
Marking: On verso at center: The Metropolitan Museum of Art stamp
Vendor: E. Parsons & Sons (London)
B.XII.107.2
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