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Everybody knows these two naked little things

 

I met the originals in the 'Gallery of Old Masters' in Dresden, Germany.

 

"A prominent element within the painting, the winged angels beneath Mary are famous in their own right. As early as 1913 Gustav Kobbé declared that "no cherub or group of cherubs is so famous as the two that lean on the altar top indicated at the very bottom of the picture." Heavily marketed, they have been featured in stamps, postcards, T-shirts, and wrapping paper (I myself own a big box with them). These cherubim have inspired legends of their own. According to a 1912 article in Fra Magazine, when Raphael was painting the Madonna the children of his model would come in to watch. Struck by their posture as they did, the story goes, he added them to the painting exactly as he saw them. Another story, recounted in 1912's St. Nicholas Magazine, says that Raphael rather was inspired by two children he encountered on the street when he saw them "looking wistfully into the window of a baker's shop." I like their relaxing habit and their thoughtful facial expression, but perhaps you have another interpretation about them?

 

A short series about "Everybody knows ..."

 

 

 

Everybody knows these two naked little things

 

I met the originals in the 'Gallery of Old Masters' in Dresden, Germany.

 

"A prominent element within the painting, the winged angels beneath Mary are famous in their own right. As early as 1913 Gustav Kobbé declared that "no cherub or group of cherubs is so famous as the two that lean on the altar top indicated at the very bottom of the picture." Heavily marketed, they have been featured in stamps, postcards, T-shirts, and wrapping paper (I myself own a big box with them). These cherubim have inspired legends of their own. According to a 1912 article in Fra Magazine, when Raphael was painting the Madonna the children of his model would come in to watch. Struck by their posture as they did, the story goes, he added them to the painting exactly as he saw them. Another story, recounted in 1912's St. Nicholas Magazine, says that Raphael rather was inspired by two children he encountered on the street when he saw them "looking wistfully into the window of a baker's shop." I like their relaxing habit and their thoughtful facial expression, but perhaps you have another interpretation about them?

 

A short series about "Everybody knows ..."

 

 

 

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Aug 2019, 01:01
"Cute" describes this to me, Philine.
Yes - and who can help but love them!! Lucky you! Lovely shot!
Jolis angelots, ils semblent pensifs.
They are timeless, they look so contemporary Philine.
Now I know a lot more about these darlings, Philine, thanks to you!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Aug 2019, 06:44
They have very human expressions Philine. They are waiting for good luck to descend upon them..
Philine: I like your comment very much- many thanks, Chris!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Aug 2019, 06:55
I might be the only one that does not have a real recollection of seeing these before, Philine. It is a beautiful painting.
J'aime bien l'idée du regard vers la boulangerie ..en tous les cas ces cherubins sont superbes !
Bonne journée
They are a delight and I rather like the magazine explanation
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Aug 2019, 07:46
I'm almost too embarrassed to admit that I've not got any idea who they are I like their human expressions, though - the magazine article could well be right.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 19 Aug 2019, 07:56
The expressions are wondrous Philine, and a testament to the incredible talent of the painter.
Philine: I am sure you and Chris have seen the Sixtine Madonna by painter Raphael in Dresden. She is our German 'Mona Lisa'. Many thanks, Chad!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Aug 2019, 11:47
The first question should be: Why are cherubs naked fat baby boys, with short wings. The word cherub is from the Hebrew and refers to angels with guard duties. Like the two with their flashing swords at the gates of Eden. So how come the fierce guards are now diminutive in stature? That could be an interesting study to do.

So where did Raphael came across them? Their faces are so real, I would think he had time to study them - my vote will be for the model's children.
Very well selected portion of the whole picture Philine.
They certainly look more like street urchins than cherubs!
  • Salima I.E.M. Senders
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Aug 2019, 17:09
Oh yes, I like them and wonder where they could dream about, because they`re allready in heaven, so what wishes could be open smile

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