Poor Cupid

  • Edmonia Lewis, Poor Cupid, modeled ca. 1872, carved 1876, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alfred T. Morris, Sr., 1984.156

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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.

Title
Poor Cupid
Artist
Date
modeled ca. 1872, carved 1876
On View
Dimensions
27 x 13 3/4 x 12 1/4 in. (68.6 x 34.9 x 31.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Alfred T. Morris, Sr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – weapon – bow and arrow
  • Mythology – classical – Cupid
  • Allegory – passion – love
Object Number
1984.156
Palette
Linked Open Data
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