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Niccolo di Liberatore, called Niccolò di Alunno (ca. 1430-1502)
Two Cherubs with a Shield, 1490s
Tempera on panel
15 1/4 x 7 in. (38.7 x 17.8 cm)
Gift of Duke and Duchess of Talleyrand-Perigord, 1953.221

A panel from a dismantled altarpiece depicting two cherubs in an architectural setting. One holds a heraldic shield with an image of a golden lamb and an inscription. The other cherub extends his right arm behind his companion and points his finger, directing their glances to their right. [1]

Alternate Titles:
Two Amoretti with a Shield


    Reportedly Private Collection, Paris [2]
Before 1953:   (French Art Market)
Until 1953:   Duke and Duchess of Talleyrand-Perigord, given to
1953-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] The partial inscription reads "…FAC[…]VM.EST." It may have originally read" "ET.HOMO.FACTVM.EST" ("and he was made man"). See John T. Spike, Italian Paintings in the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, 1991, p. 62.

[2] Correspondence with Frederico Zeri, October 21, 1987.

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