"hailed by cupids"
Diana and Cupid by Batoni (1761)
Public DomainDiana and Cupid by Batoni (1761) - Credit: Pompeo Batoni (1708-1787)

Cupid, in Roman mythology, is the god of erotic love. He is traditionally depicted with wings and a bow and arrow, an image that has now come to symbolise romantic love on items such as Valentine's Day cards. His Greek equivalent is Eros.

The term cupids (plural) is sometimes used, not quite accurately, to describe putti or cherubs – the plump winged babies that populate later Renaissance art.


Putti from the Sistine Madonna
Public DomainPutti from the Sistine Madonna - Credit: Raphael