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Two Putti Supporting a Torch

A work made of terracotta on slate.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta on slate.

Date:

1650/1700

Artist:

Flemish

About this artwork

In this terracotta sculpture, a pouting putto and his companion flank an elaborate candelabra with a lit torch. The surfaces of the fleshy baby bodies and architectural elements retain the striations and marks of the sculptor’s tools, an indication that this work was not a finished product. Artists considered terracotta, a type of ceramic characterized by its reddish-brown color, an ideal medium for models. Such models served as guides for their assistants to begin the final version, in this case likely an element of a larger sculptural ensemble.

Status

On View, Gallery 208

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Title

Two Putti Supporting a Torch

Place

Netherlands (Object made in)

Date

1620–1640

Medium

Terracotta on slate

Dimensions

35.2 × 27.9 × 7.3 cm (13 7/8 × 11 × 2 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior purchase with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. John Golitz; through prior bequest of Hans G. Cahen

Reference Number

1987.2

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