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A 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
Many statues of sleeping cupids survived from antiquity, inspiring artists such Michelangelo and François Duquesnoy to sculpt their own versions. Reni's painted representations of sleeping infants, including the Christ Child, were particularly prized, as was this print, which the seventeenth-century art historian Carlo Cesare Malvasia called 'the famous head of the sleeping Cupid.'
Marking: On verso at center: The Metropolitan Museum of Art stamp
Vendor: E. Parsons & Sons (London)
B.XII.107.2
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