Description Eros was the Greek god of love and in works of art is usually represented as a beautiful boy, close to adolescence. This statuette is an example of the French-inspired Rococo tradition as it developed in Belgium. Godecharle, who created sculptures for the park of Wespelaer, near Louvain, seems to have produced a number of figures leaning upon columns. The inspiration probably came from statues such as the Uffizi "Mercury" leaning on a tree-trunk.
Provenance Berwind [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, New York, 1939, no. 432; Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Company, Inc. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1943, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Godecharle in. f. 1788
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the S. & A.P. Fund, 1943
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