Edmonia Lewis, Poor Cupid, modeled ca. 1872, carved 1876, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alfred T. Morris, Sr., 1984.156
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.
- modeled ca. 1872, carved 1876
27 x 13 3/4 x 12 1/4 in. (68.6 x 34.9 x 31.1 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Alfred T. Morris, Sr.
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- Mythology – classical – Cupid
- Object – weapon – bow and arrow
- Allegory – passion – love
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