Weird Putti

June 13, 2016

Do you know the difference between a putto, a cherub, and cupid? What does a masterpiece by Raphael have in common with the hit TV show Parks & Rec? Tune in as we discuss the origins and various manifestations of putti in visual culture.

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Patrick Dempsey, Inventing the Renaissance Putto, The University of North Carolina Press, 2001.

Anne McClintock, “Soft-Soaping Empire: Commodity Racism and Imperial Advertising” from Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Context (1995): 207-232.


The Sorrowful Putto of Prague