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Cupid Carving His BowDate: 1523-24
Movement: Renaissance (Late, Mannerism)
Technique: Oil on wood
Museum: Kunsthistorisches Museum
Cupid is the Roman god of love and the son of Venus. He is a small, winged boy, blindfolded, carrying bow and arrows. The arrows, once struck the heart, makes the victim fall in love. He is also portrayed as a young man with his beloved Psyche, with Venus or with a small group of winged infants (the Amoretti or Amorini). Some traditions say that he was born from a silver egg. Cupid is also known by another one of his Latin names, Amor and is equated with the Greek god Eros.
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