barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Giulio Bonasone (c. 1498 – c. 1580)

The chastising of Cupid

Bologna, 1563

Engraving

Plate: 226 x 357 mm; mount: 405 x 556 mm

 

Occasionally, mythological Gods got their comeuppance for their misbehaviour. Cupid’s arrows had the power to change the amorous feelings on the unsuspecting: leaden ones fostered indifference, whilst golden arrows inflamed love. Here, Cupid is tied to a tree and tormented by inflicted souls for the suffering he caused. The poem on the cartouche tells us that Venus is amongst the torturers; seeking revenge for the relationship Cupid contrived between her and Mars.

Purchased in 1958 (No. 58. 13)

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