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Cupid Triumphant, 1814, Bertel Thorvaldsens, plaster, height 144 cm. Thorvaldsens Museum (Copenhagen, Denmark). Made with ReMake and ReCap from AutoDesk.
The fact that the god of love, Cupid, is the figure most commonly seen in Thorvaldsen’s art is related to Cupid’s also being the most powerful figure in classical mythology – not because he is physically strong, but because he represents the power to which both human beings and gods are subject. Cupid Triumphant is about Cupid’s superior power in relation to the gods. “Triumphant” means purely and simply “victorious” – victorious over the other gods: Hercules is one of the first to have thrown in the towel in the form of the lion skin hanging over the tree stump behind Cupid. Apollo has handed over his beloved lyre to Cupid: it stands behind the tree stump; Jupiter has placed his thunderbolt at Cupid’s feet, and Mars has surrendered his helmet.
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