Sculpture by Orazio Marinali, 1700 circa

Sculpture by Orazio Marinali, 1700 circa

Orazio Marinali

(Bassano 1643 – Vicenza 1720)

Early 18th century

Cherubs playing with a bird

(Allegory of the Air?)

marble, 39 x 62 x 22 cm

Entry by Dr Monica De Vincenti


The group depicts two Cherubs contending for a bird and is clearly attributable to Orazio Marinali. The subject is linked to Roman classic era and had a great fortune from Renaissance – and in 17th and 18th century most of all – both in sacred and in profane paintings and sculpture: a variety of children figures were used for decorative, but also for allegorical purposes. A not clear meaning is shown in our marble bust as well: it could represent a simple childish playful quarrel or an allegory instead, due to the presence of the bird, a representation of Air. […]