Monday

Cupid steals the honey


Venus and Cupid   Painting by Louis Cranach, 1531

Eros or Cupid is the god of passion, desire, and love. Here he is seen with a stolen honeycomb, and complains to Venus that he has been stung by a bee (Weimar, 1530; Berlin, 1534). In the painting below he seems to have gotten over the pain of the bee stings and is possibly enjoying the honey.

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 – 1553) a German Renaissance painter did a series of venus paintings tying in with Greek Mythology.


"Renaissance scholars attributed to Theocrites, the 3rd century BC Greek poet, the fable that recounts how Cupid, having been stung by bees when stealing honey, complained to his mother Venus about the pain produced by such small animals. To which she replied that he too was small and that the wounds occasioned by his arrows were much more painful. Cranach knew this text from the translation by his friend Melanchton, whom he had met in the intellectual circles that he frequented at Wittenberg. " Find out more interesting facts about the artwork of Cranach at Pagina Artists a wonderful site about artists



Venus and Cupid with a Honeycomb: Painting by Louis Cranach, 1531





1 comment:

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