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Sleeping Cupid  1596

by Caravaggio

The sleeping Cupid, a familiar subject in ancient sculpture and poetry, enjoyed great popularity after Michaelangelo revived it in the 16th century with a work carved in imitation of the Antique. Although many artists were inspired to take up the subject, Caravaggio's dark, unidealized Cupid is remarkable for its affirmation of love's perils. His cruel god of love, weary f...
25 3/4 x 41 1/2 in
Oil on canvas
Public Domain, Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art