Shakespeare's Myths

Master of the Cassone. “Triumph of Love”, “Triumph of Chastity”. Paintings (1448, Louvre, Paris).


Donatello.  “Amor with Torch”. Bronze Statuette (1466, Victoria and Albert Museum, London).


Sandro Botticelli.  “La Primavera”. Painting (1478, Uffizi, Florence).


Francesco Rosselli. The Triumph of Love. Engraving (c. 1485-90, Metropolitan Museum, New York).


Michelangelo.  “Sleeping Cupid”. Sculpture (1496, lost).


Michelangelo.  “Cupid”. Marble Statue (c. 1497, lost).


Andrea Mantegna.  “Triumph of Love”, “Triumph of Chastity”. Paintings (c. 1501, Denver Art Museum).


Jacopo Pontormo.  “Cupid and Apollo”. Painting (1513, Bucknell University, Lewisburg).


Raphael.  “Eros Stealing Mars’s Shield”. Engraving possibly by Agostino Veneziano (date unknown).


Venetian School.  “Cupid in a Loggia”. Painting, after detail in Giorgione’s “Sleeping Venus” (now painted over) (1520, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna). See also After Titian, Sleeping Venus. Painting (16th c., Dulwich Picture Gallery, London).


Lucas Cranach.  “Cupid Complaining to Venus”. Painting (1525, National Gallery, London).


Antonio da Correggio.  “Venus with Mercury and Cupid” (“The School of Love”). Painting (1525, National Gallery, London).


Giulio Romano.  “The Forging of Cupid’s Wings”. Stucco Relief (1529-30, Palazzo del Te, Mantua).


Parmigianino.  “Cupid Carving his Bow”. Painting (1533-34, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna).


Agnolo Bronzino.  “Allegory of Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time”. Painting (1544-45, National Gallery, London).


Titian.  “Venus and Cupid with an Organist”. Painting (c. 1548, Museo del Prado, Madrid).


Titian.  “Venus and Cupid with a Partridge”. Painting (c. 1550, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence).


Titian.  “Venus Blindfolding Cupid”. Painting (c. 1565, Galleria Borghese, Rome).


Luca Cambiaso.  “Satyr Mocked by Cupid (and Derided by Venus and the Graces)”. Ceiling Fresco. (1565, Art Museum, Princeton University).


Luca Cambiaso.  “Sleeping Cupid”. Painting (date unknown, Prado, Madrid).


Michelangelo da Caravaggio.  “Amor Vincit Omnia”. Painting (c. 1602, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin).


Michelangelo da Caravaggio.  “Sleeping Cupid”. Painting (1608, Palazzo Pitti, Florence).


Bartholomeus Spranger. “Cupid”. Drawing (1611, University Library, Erlangen).


Peter Paul Rubens.  “Cupid Carving his Bow”. Painting after Parmigianino (1614, Alte Pinakothek, Munich).


Otto Van Veen.  “Amor Resting”. Drawing (1629, Albertina, Vienna).


Anthony Van Dyck.  “Amor”. Painting (1628-30, Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf).


Anthony Van Dyck.  “Time Clipping the Wings of Love”. Painting (1628-32, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris).



How to cite

Jane Kingsley-Smith. “Cupid.”  2011.  In A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Classical Mythology (2009-), ed. Yves Peyré.

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