Cupidon by William Adolphe Bouguereau




William Adolphe Bouguereau

Ref GM2690
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 16" x 12" (40 x 30 cm)
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Bouguereau was one of the greatest names in the Nineteenth Century art world and many of his famous paintings were reproduced by professional engravers to satisfy the popular demand for his work. In this picture Cupid, the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection is depicted. Cupid is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus, and is known in Latin as Cupido meaning "desire" or Amor meaning "Love". His Greek counterpart is Eros. Although Eros appears in Classical Greek art as a slender winged youth, 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" and the retaliatory punishment or torture of Cupid. In contemporary popular culture, Cupid is shown drawing his bow to inspire romantic love, often as an icon of Valentine's Day.