Made from cast stone in the 1900’s, this Italian statue depicts a bacchanalian putto leaning against an urn and a tree stump. As with most renderings that occurred during the Renaissance and after, our putto is depicted as a chubby male child without clothing or shoes.
Our putto is standing with most of his right foot dangling over the edge of the textured plinth. His left foot is positioned next to a small tree trunk with lopped branches. A small gadrooned urn, with handles and overflowing with grapes, sits on top of the trunk. The putto has his left hand on one handle and his right hand on top of the grape bunch.
Putti have been used as figures in art since classical times. They became associated with the Roman god of grape harvesting and winemaking, Bacchus (Dionysus in Greek mythology), personifying the joy of life and fertility. These bacchanalian putti were typically displayed in acts of merriment, such as drinking wine, chasing goats, or frolicking with maenads.
During the Middle Ages, putti were seldom seen in architecture or art. They experienced a revival during the Renaissance, as the famed sculptor, Donatello, began incorporating wingless, round-faced youths in his artwork. Most representations since Donatello have employed a similar appearance. This statue is tall enough to stand on the ground, or it can be displayed with more importance on a pedestal or table surface. It can be used indoors or out and has an attractive semblance of antique stone.
CONDITION: Good condition. The light gray colored stone has developed a darker gray patina, specifically on the base and around textured areas. Please see photos for details.