Monday, March 21, 2016

Cupid by Laurent Marqueste

A dear friend gave me the postcard above recently as a little addition to my collection. The Cupid is by Laurent Marqueste (1848-1920) and according to the card it resides at the Museum of Luxembourg. Other versions appear on the Internet including one cast in bronze so I haven't been able to say for sure if the version on the vintage postcard is the same one as photographed below in the Musee D'Orsay in Paris, if it is then he has lost his bow over the years. The photos below were Internet finds. I think the detail I like most is that, from the position of Cupid's left hand you can tell that he has just loosed an arrow!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

According to the notice on the Musée d'Orsay website, the statue is in marble, with an ivory bow.
Other variants can be seen in other museums:
-- a plaster model at Châlons-sur-Marne;
-- another plaster model in the Musée des Augustins, at Toulouse (the birthplace of the sculptor), donated by his widow;
-- a marble replica in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, at Copenhagen.
Jean-Daniel Brèque

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