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Sleeping Cupid

Bartolomeo Coriolano (Italian, Bologna ca. 1599–ca. 1676 Bologna (?))

Artist:
After Guido Reni (Italian, Bologna 1575–1642 Bologna)
Date:
mid-17th century
Medium:
Chiaroscuro woodcut in blue-gray and black from two blocks
Dimensions:
sheet: 13 3/16 x 15 7/16 in. (33.5 x 39.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.73.3-107
  • Description

    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.

  • Secondary Titles

    Cupid Asleep

361901

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