Pictures of Venus and Cupid
(Aphrodite and Eros)

Many pictures of Venus and Cupid (or, with their Greek names, Aphrodite and Eros) render a very calm family atmosphere, a mom playing with her son.

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Sometimes she consoles him:

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Cupid complaining to Venus
Lucas Cranach the Elder



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Venus Consoling Love
Francois Boucher



Sometimes he helps his mother to make herself beautiful.

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Venus and Cupid
Guillaume Seignac



The same painting as above, but with sharper contours (frankly, I like the first one, the light is softer and sweeter).

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Venus and Cupid
Maxfield Parrish



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Venus at her Toilet, from...



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European Mannerist Painti...



Very often Cupid holds the mirror for Venus.

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Venus with Cupid and Mirror
Peter Rubens



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The Toilet of Venus, c.1613
Peter Rubens



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The Toilet of Venus (The Rokeby Venus)
Diego Velazquez



I like most the paintings in which they appear close to each other, just like any mother with her child.

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Venus Reclining on Cloud
Giovanni Cipriani



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Venus and Putti
Noel Halle



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Venus with an Organist and Cupid, c.1...
Titian



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The Education of Cupid, c.1565
Titian



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Venus and Cupid
Giovanni Pellegrini



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Venus and Cupid



Sometimes the painter wanted to render an allegory.

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An Allegory with Venus an...
Agnolo Bronzino



They also appear in this allegory of Spring (Venus is the figure in the middle, above her there is Cupid, shooting an arrow, blind-folded).

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Primavera
Sandro Botticelli



In these paintings the whole family is together, Venus, Cupid and Mars.

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Venus and Mars, Victory and Cupid
Paris Bordone



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Allegory (Venus, Mars, Flora, Cupid)



The mother and son were represented together with other gods, too.

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Venus with Mercury and Cu...
Correggio



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Venus, Satyr and Cupid, 1...
Correggio



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Ceres, Bacchus, Venus and Cupid
Cornelis Poelenburgh



The goddess Diana was the only one who was allowed to refuse love and this is the meaning of this painting.

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Diana Breaking Cupid's Bow, 1761
Pompeo Batoni



There is also another version about the birth of Eros/Cupid: he was the born in the beginning, from the primordial Chaos, together with Gaea, the Earth. Maybe that explains why in some paintings he is already present at the birth of Aphrodite/Venus (or maybe the painters just wanted to make it clear they were representing the goddess of love, so they also added the god of love).

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The Birth of Venus
Alexandre Cabanel



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The Birth of Venus, 1879
William-Adolphe Bouguereau



For pictures of Cupid, click here.