Cupid (Eros) is the ancient Roman (Greek) God of desire, erotic love, attraction, and affection. He was the son of Venus, Goddess of Love, and either Mars, Mercury or Vulcan. He is winged because lovers are flighty and liable to change their minds. He is a famous archer whose golden arrows cause uncontrollable desire, and whose leaden arrows quench desire and promote aversion. Cupid appears in literature, theater, and art many times over centuries. In paintings and sculpture he appears as a slender beautiful youth and as chubby toddler. The chubby toddler is a popular Valentine’s Day subject. Our Cupid, from the early 1900s, is a lovely depiction of a youth with his quiver of arrows, but no bow. He is standing over a a formal flower bouquet that includes roses, a flower that features in classical tales about Cupid.
Victorian Cupid Bookends