32.000 x 28.000 inches
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In the Roman version, Cupid was the son of Venus (goddess of love) and Mars. In the Greek version he was named Eros and seen as one of the primordial gods. Latin cupido, meaning "desire"
He is known as a mischievous, winged child armed with bow and arrows. The arrows signify desires and emotions of love, and Cupid aims those arrows at Gods and Humans, causing them to fall deeply in love. He is a young prankster that can be blamed or thanked for romantic attachments. This mischievous chubby cherub flies around arbitrarily messing with innocent humans shooting his “love-poisoned” arrows into anyone who catches his eye. Thus he can be blamed for “love at first sight” and sudden physical attraction.
This image is after the sculpture piece by one of the world’s most famous artist Falconet. The Cupid was Madame de Pompadour's commission; it became, and has remained, one of the most famous pieces of eighteenth-century sculpture. It was exhibited in 1757 at the Louvre. The original marble version is probably the one atop a column in Amsterdam, and not the one in the Louvre. The statue incarnates the attraction, and the threat, of love. In one profile Cupid is seen with hand on lip, urging discretion and secrecy - only the extended tip of his quiver hints at more. From the other side, and from the front, it is apparent that his left hand is drawing an arrow from the quiver. And finally, all Love's ambiguity is summed up in the prominent spray of roses carved at the base of the cloud.
September 7th, 2012
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