While researching life in the 19th century, I became intrigued by the popular depictions of a chubby male child, usually naked and sometimes winged. Originally known in Renaissance and Baroque periods, the putto came to represent the cupid, which can be found in both religious and secular art from the 1420s to the turn of the 16th century.
These winged characters experienced a revival in the 19th century and appeared in architecture, artwork, illustrations, folk paintings, and other handcrafted decor and dishware.
Cherubs appeared in fabrics, wallpaper, and appeared in paintings, decor, and dishware.
As Deputy Leo Weaver, from my recent release, Willow's Worth commented, "Everywhere I look these days, I see those little angels. I don’t understand people’s attraction to half-naked cherubs.”
Cherubs appeared in cards, calendars, and Advertisements
Cherubs in the Victorian era were symbolic of romantic love and for some representing the cherubim watching over and interceding for mankind.
The fat little-winged angels who carried a bow and arrow came to be known as the symbol of piercing the heart of mortals with love and desire.
The combination of divinity, myth, and romanticism made cherubs accessible decorations even when in society the glimpse of an ankle was considered erotic.
In my first novel Rebecca's Hope, I introduced a western town in the late 19th century filled with colorful characters and innovative your women. Willow's WorthEmma's Dream, Lois's Risk, Maggie's Strength, Carol's Choice, Garnet's Gift, A Fresh Start for Christmas and A Bride for David.
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