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Head of cherub - Cherub Head

Cherub Head

  • Object:

    Head of cherub

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 - ca. 1670 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilded wood

  • Museum number:

    A.93-1911

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This and another cherub head (A94-1911) may originally have formed part of a tabernacle or frame for an altarpiece. The gilding of the two putti imitates silver-gilt figures. It was formerly thought to be a work of Bernini.

Physical description

The cherub is looking to his right, and has one wing outspread to the right and small wings folded on the breast.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)

Date

ca. 1650 - ca. 1670 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gilded wood

Dimensions

Height: 31.8 cm

Object history note

Purchased in Rome (signora Tanzini, through Mr. C. F. Bell, with A94-1911, for £8).

Historical context note

This and another head (A94-1911) may originally have formed part of a tabernacle or frame for an altarpiece. The gilding of the two putti imitates silver-gilt figures.

Descriptive line

Cherub head, gilt wood, Italian (Rome), ca. 1650-70

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 159
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume II: Text. Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, pp. 629, 30, cat. no. 668

Production Note

originally believed to be a work of Bernini

Materials

Wood; Gold

Techniques

Gilding

Subjects depicted

Cherub head

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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