Dictionary definitions and etymology illustrated from contemporary and classical literature (selected from 'A Book for Today').
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Putto (plural: Putti): Putti are the chubby little children in renaissance and baroque art: painting and statues. These cute little cherubs share their etymology with the Spanish word puta (slut, whore) showing that other languages also have odd divergences in the evolution of meanings.
Each was an intricate design composed of two putti on a raised base, one on either side of a leopard.