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putto

[poo-toh; Italian poot-taw] /ˈpu toʊ; Italian ˈput tɔ/
noun, plural putti
[poo-tee; Italian poot-tee] /ˈpu ti; Italian ˈput ti/ (Show IPA).
Fine Arts.
1.
a representation of a cherubic infant, often shown winged.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Italian: literally, boy < Latin putus
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putto

/ˈpʊtəʊ/
noun (pl) -ti (-tɪ)
1.
a representation of a small boy, a cherub or cupid, esp in baroque painting or sculpture See also amoretto
Word Origin
from Italian, from Latin putus boy
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Word Origin and History for putti
n.

1640s, from Italian putti "small boys," plural of putto, from Latin putus "boy, child" (see puerility).

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Encyclopedia Article for putti

a nude, chubby child figure, often with wings, frequently appearing in both mythological and religious paintings and sculpture, especially of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Derived from personifications of love, or Eros figures, in Greek and Roman art, putti came to be used to portray cherubim in Italian paintings of the 15th century, especially those of the Madonna and Child. With the revival of classical mythological subjects in the late 15th century, Cupid was commonly represented as a putto, and numbers of anonymous putti were frequently depicted in attendance on various immortals.

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