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Cupid Series #1 - Electric Arrow


In spirit of approaching Valentine's Day I'm throwing together a "Cupid Series". So grab someone you love, cuddle up, and enjoy.

One of the popular motifs of the period among secondary figures in paintings was the Italian putto in the form of small child. They were everywhere, alongside heroes, in allegories, and even portraits. Putti also invaded small-scale sculpture as exemplified by Falconet's Seated Cupid.

The seated, winged Cupid, called Harpocrates, raises a finger to his lips, a pose which Falconet borrowed from an ancient emblem (the little demon of silence). This image became one which characterized the age; this version of the motif was endlessly reproduced.

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