Auction of the Cupids

A work made of etching on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of etching on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1799

Artist:

Johann Heinrich Ramberg
German, 1763–1840

About this artwork

For the Auction of the Cupids, Johann Heinrich Ramberg combined his classicizing aspirations with frothy, titillating humor. The scene depicts winged putti being sold to the highest bidder in a verdant landscape. These charmed infants seem to gravitate naturally into the hands and under the skirts of the young and buxom; they are more reluctant to stay confined in the baskets of the elderly hags hoping for one more chance at love.

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Artist

Johann Heinrich Ramberg

Title

Auction of the Cupids

Origin

Germany

Date

1799

Medium

Etching on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

288 x 387 mm (image); 315 x 410 mm (plate); 340 x 422 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.422

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