The "Secret Love" is illustrated here as a veiled cupid before a spray of roses. The accomplished carving of the diaphanous cloth drawn over Cupid's face and body demonstrates Lapini's high technical skill. The vogue for this typically Italian motif was revived by Raffaelle Monti in the early 1860s and was developed by sculptors such as Rossetti and Orazio Andreoni. Cesare Lapini was one of a number of prominent sculptors working in Florence in the mid to late 19th century that specialized in marble groups of allegorical, genre and all'antica sculpture for tourists mainly from England and America. He ran a workshop, the Galleria Lapini, that was still operating in 1900.
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