The puttis faces are plump, soft and well rounded, showing rose tinted cheeks and ruby red lips, the whites to the eyes wonderfully well rendered, the curls of hair cascading; the expressions though are more hard to pin down to an exacting emotion, which makes them more alluring, though it is certainly benevolent, they both appears thoughtful, content, yet otherworldly, as though they are recalling pleasant memories as they play. They would have been part of a larger composition, possibly in an ecclesiastical setting.
With the rediscovery of Greek and Roman art in the High Renaissance, so too came the rediscovery of putti, and the immediate confusion with cherubs. Cherubs have a completely different origin, they are angels, described in the Bible as the spiritual beings closest to God. Medieval and early Renaissance art had frequently portrayed angels in and around biblical scenes.
A fine pair indeed with a decidedly festive colour palette and much more attractive than the usual cherub.