Faithful Love

Faithful Love

1800s

Part of a set. See all set records

after Augustin Pajou

(French, 1730-1809)

Marble

Without base: 26 x 10.9 x 10 cm (10 1/4 x 4 5/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

Gift of Grace Rainey Rogers in memory of her father, William J. Rainey 1942.54.2

Description

These statuettes represent the opposing spectrums of love -- fickle and faithful -- both portrayed by Cupid. Fickle Love absent-mindedly plays with a butterfly, a symbol of the fleeting moment. Conversely, Faithful Love is accompanied by a dog, the ultimate loyal companion. These works were originally believed to be by the hand of Augustin Pajou, because the works are signed and he made nearly identical sculptures. However, owing to the slightly clumsy execution and the awkward scale of the signatures, the museum now believes the statuettes to have been created by another artist after Pajou's design.
-- David Silvernail (April 2012)

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