Sleeping Boy

Philippe Laurent Roland

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 552

Made during Roland's sojourn in Italy (1770-1776). Probably served as a model for versions in marble (1774) and bronze, which would suggest a date before 1774. Influenced by sleeping erotes and depictions of Thanatos of classical antiquity;decision to include the arms, of which one is exposed and the other truncated and draped, is a revival of Baroque usage. Also reminiscent of genre-studies such as Greuze's half-lengths.

Sleeping Boy, Philippe Laurent Roland (French, Pont-à-Marc 1746–1816 Paris), Terracotta, painted white, Italian, Rome

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