Up, into the clouds

Putti holding flowers and throwing petals towards the viewer, thus establishing a zone of fictive visual and olfactive continuity between the space of the painted surface and its surroundings.

In Renaissance Art such scenes were sometimes related to the role of scent in Rosary recitation. On other occasions the putti and flowers symbolised more worldly aspects, like playfulness, pleasure, love and even fertility.

Ceiling at a private house in Kew, London.