Definitions for puttoˈpu toʊ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a representation of a cherubic infant, often shown winged.
Category: Foreign Term
Origin of putto:
1635–45; < It: lit., boy < L putus
A representation, in a work of art (especially Renaissance or Baroque), of a small, naked, winged child; a cherub.
Origin: From putto, from putus.
A putto is a figure in a work of art depicted as a chubby male child, usually nude and sometimes winged. Putti are distinct from cherubim. In the plural, "the Cherubim" refers to the biblical angels. While "cherubs" represent the second order of angels, putti are secular and present a non-religious passion. However, in the Baroque period of art, the putto came to represent the omnipresence of God. A putto representing a cupid is also called an amorino.
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