The angels at the Norton Simon Art Gallery….


Wade and I recently strolled through the lovely Norton Simon Museum and saw many paintings there. Some of them sported little naked angels called putto, so I decided to look up this unfamiliar word.

putto_sleeping“A putto (plural are putti) is a figure in a work of art depicted as a chubby male child, usually nude and sometimes winged. Putti are commonly confused with, yet are completely unrelated to, cherubim. In the plural, “the Cherubim” refers to the biblical angels, which have four faces of different species and several pairs of wings; they are traditionally the second order of angels. Putti are secular and represent a non-religious passion. A putto representing a cupid is also called an amorino (plural amorini).”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putto

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