Cupido

Before closing the Eros theme to the god of love, let's take a quick look at Cupid (also called Cupido or Amor), the Roman Love God. We know that Eros, depicted as a young man in classical Greek art, began to be depicted with arrows and bowls in his hands, as a jubilant, robust boy in the Hellenistic period (cupid). Cupid has become an indispensable element of Roman art and its art in the classical sense of the later periods.

By the 15th century, the cupid iconography became indistinguishable from the "puttos".

The figure of Putto, a robotic boy depicted in works of art, sometimes winged, is different from the little angel figures called "cherubim". "Cherubs" are religious figures, and "puttos", on the contrary, represent a passion for worldly love. In contrast, "putto" in Baroque art have gained a religious representation. In the Middle Ages, the cupid's dual meaning (earthly and semi-) continued, and thanks to the antique art interest that revived in the Renaissance, the cupids had complex allegorical meanings. The god of love in Roman mythology The puttos representing Cupid are also called amorino (love).


Cupid in Latin literature is usually referred to as Venus's son, but his father is not mentioned. Seneca says that Cupid's father was the son of Vulcan (Hephaistos, counterpart in Greek mythology), whose husband was Venus's Roman mythology. The story of Cupid's beautiful, yet actually Greek-origin, is "Cupid and Bees". In the story, Eros / Cupid gets soaked by the bees when he says honey work from the beehive.

When Cupid, who spoke to his mother, Venus, said that the tiny creatures were amazed at causing such great pain, Venus laughed and said, "You are also small, son, but do not you burn everyone like a bee with a poison?" He asks. Well, youth is flower, love is the pouring of the leaves of that flower, honey is the fruit of love.