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The best-known little angels of all times have childish, nave and chubby faces. This piece is inspired by the famous putti painted in 1513 by Raphael, one of the masters of the Italian Renaissance. This pair of little angels, or putti, appear in the bottom part of The Sistine Madonna, one of his masterpieces, though the faces of the little angels depicted in it are better known than the actual painting itself.
In this work, the expressions on the cherubs faces are perhaps happier than those in the original painting, with their gazes reflecting innocence and hope. The sculptor has rounded off the scene by placing them on a balcony full of flowers, floating on pink clouds. The angels are leaning on a balustrade. Worth highlighting is the technical difficulty involved given the process of shrinkage porcelain undergoes in the kiln. Particularly remarkable is the leafy ivy decorating and providing a touch of color to this celestial balcony. The flowers on it are the product of the artists imagination, and the intention of this floral fantasy is to make the scene less worldly.
Glazed porcelain. Decorated in soft colors, the rosy cheeks of the little angels stand out, though the true touch of color is provided by the ivy and by the flowers adorning it. The intention was to strike a harmonic balance in the coloring of the little angels, the balcony, tiles, ivy and the flowers. To this end, a palette of complementary colors was used, combining pinks, yellows and oranges with blues and greens.