Cherubs or putti, Italian for small boys is a design motif which originated in Italy during the Baroque period. The chubby infants are seen in paintings, sculpture, giltwood carvings, vases, tapestries and textiles. One of my teachers in design school referred to them as "fat flying babies." Here are some examples I found today of this lovely design. Cherubs are often seen adorning cards and ornaments during the holiday and Christmas season.