Depiction of Cupid during Leonardo da Vinci era
By Kinjal Trivedi
Cupid is the son of Venus and the god of Love; in Latin he is called Amor, and in Greek, Eros. He is usually shown as a winged child. His attributes are a bow, arrow and quiver. Those hit by his arrows become lovers.
Cupid is never the centre of the subject however they play an important part in the storyline because of their role and placement at that point. It helps create the narrative of the entire drama.
During the 14th to 17th centuries, painters created many works of art that showed Cupid as a baby angel. This same version began to appear on Valentine’s Day cards during the late 1800s. Ever since, the image of Cupid as a flying infant who inspires love has stuck in people’s minds. And it’s the version of Cupid that we are most connected to today.
Cherubs or Baby Cupids are one of the unearthly beings who directly attend to God, according to Abrahamic religions.
The numerous depictions of cherubim assign to them many different roles, such as protecting the entrance of the Garden of Eden. In Islam, the cherubim are the angels closest to God.
This symbol has been depicted in different countries as a symbol of love and hope.
Cupids or Cherubs are mostly known as positive sign when new beginnings are meant to take place.