ARGYRO Putti 1979 - x +

CN: Argy1961ange

MT: graphite and pastels on paper (24x32)

TX: signed with pencil at lower right of picture in Greek <ARGYRO / EASTER 1979>

DN: Mr. Takis Efstathiou - 2008

CM: The present drawing by Argyro depicts in the familiar manner of her folk art, known for its archetypal simplicity, two putti chatting together side by side, while resting their elbows upon clouds. This composition references a detail on Raphael's La Madonna Sixtina (1513-1514) of two winged putti. In the picture, the Madonna, holding the Christ Child and flanked by Saint Sixtus and Saint Barbara, stands on clouds, while two distinctive winged putti rest on their elbows beneath her. The word 'putto' is Latin in origin, and means a chubby male child, usually nude and sometimes winged. The putti are depicted as celestial beings with a very distinct human infant or childlike form. Unlinke angels or cherubs, the putti are secular, profane and present a non-religious passion. However, in the Baroque period of art, the putti came to symbolize the omnipresence of God. Perhaps the most admired feature of Raphael's picture and their most beloved representation in art history, reproductions of these particular putti in their passive embodiment of childlike curiosity have become very popular over the years around the world. Here, Argyro's putti have blond hair and their flesh shares the pale green color of the paper.

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2008]