A sleeping cupid

Bartolomeo Coriolano Italian
After Guido Reni Italian

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.'

A sleeping cupid, Bartolomeo Coriolano (Italian, Bologna ca. 1599–ca. 1676 Bologna (?)), Chiaroscuro woodcut in blue-gray and black printed from two blocks

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