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Statuette - Weeping cupid

Weeping cupid

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    1600-50 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    A.128-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The statuette depicts a naked Cupid standing weeping and holding a handkerchief to his face with his right hand. It is likely to have been part of a group of Venus chastising Cupid.
Cupid, son of Venus and god of love, can make both men and gods fall in love with each other at will with his arrows, and thus embodies unbridled passion. His mother Venus is also among his victims, as he instigated a liaison between her and Mars, the god of war, in his usual way. She was caught out by the Olympian gods and ridiculed. As a punishment, Venus burned his arrows, tied him to a myrtle tree and whipped him with rose twigs.

Physical description

Bronze statuette of a weeping Cupid, from a group of Venus chastising Cupid. A naked Cupid stands weeping holding a handkerchief to his face with his right hand.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

1600-50 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 10 cm

Object history note

Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, of weeping Cupid, from a group of Venus chastising Cupid, Italy (Florence), first half of 17th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 9

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Sculpture; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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