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Amour triomphant (Love triumphant). Cherubs and a Chariot.

Amour triomphant (Love triumphant). Cherubs and a Chariot.

by Vanni, Niccolo

Cupid with laurel wreath, on Chariot with Cherub riding Cerberus (the three-headed dog that keeps the wicked in the underworld), accompanied by a Griffin. 

Putti and cherubs featured frequently in ancient decorative arts. This is one of a pair of charming, dramatic small images of Chariots and Cherubs on black backgrounds. (The other is the previous image.)

Reproduction from a hand-coloured copperplate engraving of a fresco unearthed following the excavations of Herculaneum, a Roman municipium buried when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. Le Antichita di Ercolano Esposto (Herculaneum Antiquities Exposed) was the most important recording of the 40 years of the 18th century archaelogical discoveries from Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae. The original engraving was published in Naples between 1757 and 1792 (under the patronage of King Charles II).

Image is 13.5 x 19 cm (5.25 x 7.5 inches). Print paper size is 18 x 22.5cm (7 x 8.75 inches)

Stock Number: HE126Price: $6.00