Overall: 22.8 cm (9 in.)
Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1977.72
Cupid traipses daintily on rose blossoms, ready to shoot his love-filled arrow at an unsuspecting victim.
This clay model is a maquette for a sculpture in limestone more than three feet tall, entitled Cupid Disguised, Hiding Under a Veil. The motif is borrowed from the Marlborough cameo (an ancient Roman cameo now at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, inv. no. 99.101) that was a source of inspiration for Neoclassical artists. The gem illustrates the wedding of Cupid and Psyche – shown as veiled children with protruding wings – from which Godecharle extracted the single figure of Cupid and, instead, depicted him in ambush.
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