Marble Sculpture of Cupid Sleeping

SKU PF.0001
Status

SOLD

Circa

100 BC to 300 AD

Dimensions

26.375″ (67.0cm) wide

Medium

Marble

Origin

Mediterranean

Gallery Location

UK


 

Most probably based on an original of the late Hellenistic era–which favored depictions of children and cupids–this superb sculpture depicts the young god of love asleep on the lion skin of the hero Herakles. As with much classical art, there is more going on than the eye alone sees, and this may be a reference to love being an exhausting labor. A torch (probably a metaphor for marriage) lies by Eros' side and a lizard sits at his feet. Though such references lend added depth to this work, it may also be viewed a tender portrait of youth and innocence, one easily understood in any place and time.

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