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Poor Cupid

modeled ca. 1872, carved 1876 Edmonia Lewis 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. 1984.156 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