Permoser, Putti Sculpture in the Nymph Bath, ca 1720, marble, Zwinger Palace in Dresden.
Putti are nude chubby child figures, often with wings, frequently appearing in both mythological and religious paintings and sculpture since antiquity
but especially in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Putti are not angels; they are secular
figures, which allow them to get into quite a bit of trouble. They often engage in incongruous and inappropriate activities for their age group – they can be found getting drunk, peeing in fountains, brawling and engaging in erotic behavior. By the 18th and 19th centuries, the popularization of romantic images had turned putti into a popular icon of love.
The Zwinger is a palace complex in the German city of Dresden. Built in the early 18th century it was intended to enhance the Elector of Saxony 's status with Baroque allusions
to Roman theaters and baths.