(Plural genii) In Roman and Renaissance art, usually the guardian spirit of a person, place, or thing, though it may be purely decorative. Genii are represented in human form, frequently seminude and winged; note the genii on the base of the tomb of the Cardinal of Portugal above. (Frederick Hartt)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Antonio Rossellino. Tomb of the Cardinal of Portugal. 1460-66. White and colored marbles with traces of polychromy and gold, width of chapel wall 15' 9". Chapel of the Cardinal of Portugal, San Miniato, Florence.