Hope Nourishes Love
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Jean-Jacques Caffieri
French, Paris, 1769
28 3/4 in.

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A young woman with a sensually curved figure and a lovely, gentle face represents Hope. With her traditional attribute of an anchor, she nurses a winged Cupid, personifying Love. A common figure from antique sculpture, he has dropped his bow and arrows below him on the rock as he reaches up to nurse. Sculptor Jean-Jacques Caffieri inscribed the title of his marble on the base: Hope Nourishes Love . Hope's nursing breast is a familiar symbol of sustenance and comfort.

Allegories of love and friendship were favorite subjects in sculpture and painting around the 1750s, providing sculptors with a noble conceit that encouraged a contrast between the platonic ideals of love and its earthly, sensual elements. The sensual tone of this work is characteristic of the Rococo style fashionable at the French court of Louis XV.

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