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ID number:  BIRBI-58.13
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Bonasone, Giulio (c. 1498 - c. 1580)
Title / Object name:  The chastising of Cupid
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Bologna
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  1563
Materials:  Engraving
Measurements:  Plate: 226 x 357 mm; mount: 405 x 556 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Craddock & Barbard, December 1958, for £2

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.

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Bonasone, Giulio
c. 1498
c. 1580
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