They are sweet, have lovely kind faces and everyone loves them, especially children. We are talking about angels, a pictorial subject that has always been depicted by artists. They not only add warmth and youthfulness to our homes, but can also have a special symbolic meaning for those who believe.
Putti with flowers, a fresco created by Mariani Affreschi
In many religious traditions, an angel is a spiritual being who helps and serves God (or the gods). The term comes from the Latin word “angelus”, which in turn comes from the Greek word αγγελος, ánghelos meaning sender or messenger. The figure of the angel is often depicted with putti, a word that in the field of art refers to a naked baby or toddler, usually male and having wings.
A delightful fresco depicting a pair of Cherubs by Mariani Affreschi
The subject of the putto was used in allegorical portrayals or purely for decorative purposes in a repetitive form. From ancient times to the present, the putto was used to portray the baby figure of Eros, the God of love, who in this form is known as a cherub or cupid.
Angels, putti or cherubs are perfect fresco subjects for decorating settings such as a children’s bedroom, but also the entire sleeping area.
Part of “The Adoration of the Shepherds” by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) in a Mariani fresco
“Frescoes depicting angels,” explains Alberto Mariani, “not only decorate our homes, but also make the perfect gift for a birthday or special occasion such as a baptism or confirmation. The fresco can be personalised in our laboratory by writing the name of the child on the ribbon held by the angels”. This elegant and timeless gift is a reminder of our sweet childhood years and will be cherished for years to come.