THE LATER YEARS OF ITALIAN PUTTI #2
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All of those little putti that grace the ceilings and drape discrete swags over the various body parts of gods and goddesses … they are, as far as I can tell, always little boys and are one and all chubby and happy with their work.
But here is the thing … almost all adult angels are women … not the big guys, the archangels, they are too important to be female. But the others … those that might be referred to as working angels, they are generally female. One gathers that this is so that adult angels can be semi-nude and appeal to a male audience.
But it begs the question … what happened to all those little baby angels … the putti that inhabit so much space in the art of certain periods.
It looks as if this guy became an Art History Professor, and really loves to hog the stage and pontificate about how sad it is that art is now available to the masses.
Or maybe not.
He could be a nice regular Dad, giving thanks that his children did not go into the angel profession.