Putti with Goats


An intriguing, hand carved shell cameo depicting putti (in Renaissance art; a chubby male child, sometimes winged) playing with two goats set in a solid gold brooch mount.

Estimated as C. 1900

Ref: 45344

Popularised by Polidoro da Caravaggio's painting 'Putti with Goats' in 1527 and Filippo Baldinucci's sculpture 'The Goat Amalthea with the Infant Jupiter and a Faun' in 1609.
This popular subject for artists finds its inspiration in the Greek mythology and depicts Zeus as a child with the goddess Amalthea, often represented as a goat, who nursed the infant in a cave on a mountain in Crete so that Cronos would not hear his wailing.


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