Religious Bas Relief
France Ca 1880
Stucco relief for decoration was used by many ancient cultures (Egyptian, Etruscan) as well as during Renaissance. Many examples can be found in churches and palaces. It also was used for figurative representation and was frequent in upper-class apartment of the 19th and early 20th century. This one represents five putti filling a censer in front of an altar when three other putti are watching behind a marble balustrade. The stucco has a warm ocher color.