Oil on Canvas Painting of Putti carrying grapes
Oil on canvas of Putto1 carrying harvested grapes in a wooden carved ebonised and gilt frame. Putti harvesting grapes2 to make wine is a common theme in art and literature.
1Putto (Italian: [ˈputto]; plural putti [ˈputti])
The Italian word comes from the Latin word putus, meaning "boy" or "child" and are seen as a figure in a work of art depicted as a chubby male child, usually naked and very often winged. Today, in Italian, Putto means either toddler winged angel or, rarely, toddler boy.
In the ancient classical world of art Putti were winged infants that were believed to influence human lives. In Renaissance art, the form of the Putto was derived in various ways including the Greek Eros or Roman Amor/Cupid, the god of love and companion of Aphrodite or Venus.
2Significance of harvesting grapes
In ancient Roman art, Putti were often depicted harvesting grapes to make wine, which was considered a symbol of abundance and prosperity. In Christian art, Putti harvesting grapes are often depicted as a symbol of the Eucharist, which is the central rite of the Christian religion and represents the body and blood of Christ. The painting “Putti Harvesting Grapes” created around 1514 by an Italian Renaissance painter, Bernardino Luini depicts a group of Putti harvesting grapes under a vine trellis and is an example of this Christian symbolism.