modeled ca. 1872, carved 1876
Born: Greenbush, New York 1844
Died: London, England 1907
marble 27 x 13 3/4 x 12 1/4 in. (68.6 x 34.9 x 31.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Alfred T. Morris, Sr.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 20A
Luce Center Label
Edmonia Lewis occasionally carved sculptures of mythical scenes, which were very popular with American tourists visiting Rome. Poor Cupid, or Love Ensnared, depicts the cherub with his hand caught in a trap as he reaches down for a rose. Frivolous sculptures like this appealed to the Victorian sentimentality of affluent Americans traveling around Europe.
Allegory - passion - love
Mythology - classical - Cupid
Object - weapon - bow and arrow
stone - marble
About Edmonia Lewis
Born: Greenbush, New York 1844 Died: London, England 1907