About this artwork

This charming drawing, executed almost entirely with a brush, is a characteristic late sheet by Farinati, perhaps dating from the 1590s. No related painting or fresco by the artist is known, but the light-hearted subject matter of putti frolicking in the branches suggests that it may have been a design for part of the decoration of a country villa. The putto at the top corner reaches for two fruits, apparently pomegranates. Pomegranates have a long symbolic tradition in Western art, and they are traditionally interpreted as a sign of the regeneration and growth of spring.

  • title:
    Five Putti Playing Among the Branches of a Tree
  • accession number:
    D 706
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  • materials:
    Brush and brown wash over black chalk on yellow-toned paper, laid down
  • date created:
    1590s
  • measurements:
    22.80 x 34.60 cm
  • credit line:
    David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy transferred 1910

Paolo Farinati

Paolo Farinati