18th century Italian hand-carved wood angel with gold leaf wings mounted on a rose quartz crystal cluster with coordinating gold leaf shells. This putto originates from an important church in Liguria, Italy, symbolic of the region's traditional ecclesiastical decoration.
A Putto (plural is putti) is a nude chubby child figure, often with wings, frequently appearing in both mythological and religious paintings and sculpture, especially of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Derived from personifications of love, or eros figures, in Greek and Roman art, putti came to be used to portray cherubim in Italian paintings and pieces of the 15th century, especially those of the Madonna and child. With the revival of classical mythological subjects in the late 15th century, cupid was commonly represented as a putto, and numbers of anonymous putti were frequently depicted in attendance on various immortals.
The Italian putto, rose quartz crystal cluster, and gold leaf shells are put together in a sculptural form - creating a piece that appears to have evolved together over time. Together, the ecclesiastical artifact and minerals create a historically significant and yet contemporary piece - interpreting the past to create a piece entirely original, evolving in its own right.
Size: 10.5" high x 9" wide x 4.5" deep
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