chapter  10
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The Monumental Body and the Renaissance Child: the Changing Putto

During the first half of the sixteenth century, among the work of Italian artists in Poland there appeared a new type of monument representing a deceased child as a reclining, wingless putto, which then developed into the full putto-and-skull motif. As discussed in Chapter 6, the original for this motif was created by the Venetian Giovanni Boldù on a medal in 1458. Thus we have an Italian motif, created by Italian sculptors, applied in a Polish context to commemorate a Polish child. What is especially interesting in this is that monuments dedicated to children in Italy itself are extremely rare; the genre is peculiar to Poland.1