This ornament comes from a detail in Titian's The Rape of Europa
. In the painting's bottom left corner, we can see a putto
--or male cherub--riding a dolphin in the sea, attempting to keep up with Jupiter, who is disguised as a white bull, while he flees with Europa on his back.Ornaments of other subjects and artists featured in the Gardner Museum also available. Complete your collection of Gardner Museum-inspired ornaments with the Putto on a Dolphin!