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The Romans reinterpreted myths and concepts pertaining to the Greek Eros for Cupid in their own literature and art, and medieval and Renaissance mythographers conflate the two freely. In the Greek tradition, Eros had a dual, contradictory genealogy.

He was among the primordial gods who came into existence asexually; after his generation, deities were begotten through male-female unions. Before the existence of gender dichotomy, Eros functioned by causing entities to separate from themselves that which they already contained. Seneca says that Vulcan , as the husband of Venus, is the father of Cupid. This last Cupid was the equivalent of Anteros , "Counter-Love," one of the Erotes , the gods who embody aspects of love.

His symbols are the arrow and torch, "because love wounds and inflames the heart. And therefore is love said to be a child Because in choice he is so oft beguiled. From a 14th Century text of Roman de la Rose Cupid carries two kinds of arrows, or darts, one with a sharp golden point, and the other with a blunt tip of lead.

A person wounded by the golden arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire, but the one struck by the lead feels aversion and desires only to flee. The use of these arrows is described by the Latin poet Ovid in the first book of his Metamorphoses. When Apollo taunts Cupid as the lesser archer, Cupid shoots him with the golden arrow, but strikes the object of his desire, the nymph Daphne , with the lead.

It is the first of several unsuccessful or tragic love affairs for Apollo. Venus laughs, and points out the poetic justice: The theme brought the Amoretti poetry cycle of Edmund Spenser to a conclusion, [24] and furnished subject matter for at least twenty works by Lucas Cranach the Elder and his workshop. Through this sting was Amor made wiser. The untiring deceiver he lurked beneath the carnations and roses and when a maiden came to pick them, he flew out as a bee and stung her.

The dolphin, often elaborated fantastically, might be constructed as a spout for a fountain. Pliny records a tale of a dolphin at Puteoli carrying a boy on its back across a lake to go to school each day; when the boy died, the dolphin grieved itself to death. Demon of fornication[ edit ] To adapt myths for Christian use, medieval mythographers interpreted them morally.

In this view, Cupid might be seen as a "demon of fornication ". It was appropriate to portray him naked, so as not to conceal his deception and evil.

At the request of his patron , he increased its value by deliberately making it look "antique", [42] thus creating "his most notorious fake". A madrigal by his literary rival Gaspare Murtola exhorted artists to paint the theme. A catalogue of works from antiquity collected by the Mattei family , patrons of Caravaggio , included sketches of sleeping cupids based on sculpture from the Temple of Venus Erycina in Rome.

Caravaggio, whose works Murtola is known for describing, took up the challenge with his Sleeping Cupid , a disturbing depiction of an unhealthy, immobilized child with "jaundiced skin, flushed cheeks, bluish lips and ears, the emaciated chest and swollen belly, the wasted muscles and inflamed joints. His collection of Eclogues concludes with what might be his most famous line: Love conquers all, and so let us surrender ourselves to Love. After the Battle of Actium , when Antony and Cleopatra were defeated, Cupid transferring the weapons of Mars to his mother Venus became a motif of Augustan imagery.

She gives safe harbor to Aeneas and his band of refugees from Troy , only to be abandoned by him as he fulfills his destiny to found Rome. Iulus also known as Ascanius becomes the mythical founder of the Julian family from which Julius Caesar came. Roman historians criticize cupido gloriae, "desire for glory," and cupido imperii , "desire for ruling power".

In depicting the "pious love" amor pius of Nisus and Euryalus in the Aeneid, Vergil has Nisus wonder: Ovid blames Cupid for causing him to write love poetry instead of the more respectable epic.

Psyche lifts a lamp to view the sleeping Cupid The story of Cupid and Psyche appears in Greek art as early as the 4th century BC, but the most extended literary source of the tale is the Latin novel Metamorphoses, also known as The Golden Ass , by Apuleius 2nd century AD.

It concerns the overcoming of obstacles to the love between Psyche "Soul" or "Breath of Life" and Cupid, and their ultimate union in marriage. Cupid, however, becomes enamored of Psyche, and arranges for her to be taken to his palace. He visits her by night, warning her not to try to look upon him. Startled by his beauty, she drips hot oil from the lamp and wakes him.

She wanders the earth looking for him, and finally submits to the service of Venus, who tortures her. The goddess then sends Psyche on a series of quests. Each time she despairs, and each time she is given divine aid. Cupid finds her in this state, and revives her by returning the sleep to the box. Cupid grants her immortality so the couple can be wed as equals. The story has been retold in poetry, drama, and opera, and depicted widely in painting, sculpture, and various media. It has been said that Gabrielle was inspired [73] [74] by the tale Cupid and Psyche [75].

The tale is about a beautiful yet lonely woman with a heart of gold that is held captive by a hideous beast who has invisible servants to aid her in anything she desires within the confines of the castle walls. She eventually falls in love with him despite his appearance and breaks the cursed placed on him to reveal a handsome prince. Depictions[ edit ] On gems and other surviving pieces, Cupid is usually shown amusing himself with adult play, sometimes driving a hoop, throwing darts, catching a butterfly, or flirting with a nymph.

He is often depicted with his mother in graphic arts, this is nearly always Venus , playing a horn. In other images, his mother is depicted scolding or even spanking him due to his mischievous nature.


In classical mythology, Cupid (Latin Cupido [hcap.ga?], meaning "desire") is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and hcap.ga is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god hcap.ga is also known in Latin as Amor ("Love"). His Greek counterpart is Eros.. Although Eros is generally portrayed as a slender winged . El amor brujo (Love, the Magician, literally, Spell-bound Love or The Bewitched Love, sometimes translated as Wedded by Witchcraft) is a ballet composed in 15 by Manuel de Falla to a libretto by Gregorio Martinez hcap.ga , Falla arranged a rendition of the work for sextet and small orchestra and the following year he made a .

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