A reference to Cupid, the Roman God of love and desire, whose gold-tipped arrows inspire love in the hearts of those they impale.
Though references to his blindness are rare or absent in classical works, they have since become commonplace in literature and art. Explanations for this vary. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Helena pronounces “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind” (Act 1, Scene 1). Classical scholars, such as C. D. Gilbert, argue that it is Cupid's indifference to the effects of his works that garner him this reputation.