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Putto

A work made of lindenwood.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of lindenwood.

Date:

c. 1550

Artist:

Attributed to Hans Peiser (German, c. 1500-after 1575)

About this artwork

Like his contemporaries, German sculptor Hans Peiser typically carved figures such as this one in wood to prepare for larger, finished works in bronze. During the Renaissance, artists revived the ancient Roman motif of small male nudes, called putti, which symbolized gaiety, youth, and innocence. Peiser incorporated these frolicking figures into the city fountains he designed in the 1550s. This example closely resembles the statue of a triumphant putto that crowns the fountain in front of Nuremberg’s city hall.

Status

On View, Gallery 207

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Hans Peiser

Title

Putto

Place

Nuremberg (Object made in)

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1540–1560

Medium

Lindenwood

Dimensions

H.: 33 cm (13 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1937.875

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