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Cupid is the god of love and son of the goddess Venus. If one of Cupid's arrows strikes a person he or she will fall uncontrollably in love with the next person they see. At the request of his mother Cupid is preparing to strike Pluto, who is travelling around Sicily. The result of Cupid's dart is the rape of Proserpine, who Pluto spots picking flowers in a field and then takes off to the underworld.
oil on canvas
H 132 x W 101.5 cm
bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981