19th Century French Bronze Statue of Cupid

2209-28200 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

15H x 8W x 6D

Location: Dallas


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19th Century French Bronze Statue of Cupid captures the mischievous cherub just after letting his arrow fly.  The classic pose inspired by ancient Greek and Roman statuary is evident, with flowing scarf providing additional visual appeal as well as a modicum of modesty.  He stands barefoot on a pedestal that appears to be a shell motif.  The original bronze finish shows signs of aging, making it even more endearing.
In classical mythology, Cupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the god of war Mars. He is also known in Latin as Amor ("Love"). His Greek counterpart is Eros. Although Eros is generally portrayed as a slender winged youth in Classical Greek art, during the Hellenistic period, he was increasingly portrayed as a chubby boy. During this time, his iconography acquired the bow and arrow that represent his source of power: a person, or even a deity, who is shot by Cupid's arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire. In myths, Cupid is a minor character who serves mostly to set the plot in motion. He is a main character only in the tale of Cupid and Psyche, when wounded by his own weapons, he experiences the ordeal of love. Although other extended stories are not told about him, his tradition is rich in poetic themes and visual scenarios, such as "Love Conquers All",
Circa 1890s
Measures 15H x 8W x 6D

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