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ID number:  BIRBI-45.7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Title / Object name:  Infant with a Dolphin
Object type:  Sculpture
Culture:  Flemish or French
Date made:  late 17th century
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  51.5 x 27 x 11 cm, including marble pedestal
Provenance:  Purchased from Sotheby's sale of L.M. Lowenstein's estate (deceased), 13 July 1945, lot 103, for £110

Dolphins are associated in classical mythology with Venus, goddess of Love, who emerged from the sea. Cupid, god of Love, is also often shown with a dolphin, and he may be the infant represented here. The group forms an appropriate subject for a fountain head, the original function of this bronze, which is piped for water. The sculpture entered the collection as the work of the Venetian sculptor Jacopo Sansovino (1486-1570). In style, however, it is much closer to Flemish or French models of the late 17th century.

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