Jan 21, 2010
Jan 22, 2010

Putti Pair

Putti Pair


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Ferdinand Tietz

(Austrian, 1708–1777)

Painted and gilded wood

Overall: 55.9 x 41.9 x 41.9 cm (22 x 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1971.8


These airborne cherubs probably formed part of the decorations crowning an church altar. One of the putti holds a heart, which would originally have included a flame (now lost). An expression of religious fervor, the burning heart also referenced the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which in Christian imagery symbolized Christ’s love for humanity.

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