Description of Caravaggio's painting “Sleeping Cupid”

In those days, when Caravaggio began to paint this picture, most people sacredly believed that the very immersion in sleep could serve as a symbol of liberation from such qualities as sensuality. Knights sought him, who once vowed celibacy and chastity. Cupid in the picture is also immersed in a deep and serene sleep, his posture is completely relaxed, and his dreams certainly do not bother him.

The boy’s right hand lies freely on his stomach, and in his left hand he still squeezes his bow and arrows. His weapon is capable of striking with a disease of love anyone who dares to wake him. His dark wings are spread: right from his master, and on the left wing he laid his hand. The feathers in the wings are large and seemingly smoothed. Cupid is completely naked, but this does not bother him at all, everything in his pose speaks of naturalness. One leg lies on the other, he stretched them along the entire canvas.

Nobody interrupts a peaceful and happy dream. Around him is a dark background, on which nothing is visible, except for the character's body. After studying this picture in research laboratories, it became known that earlier the painting depicted birds as a symbol of mutual love and other small objects. But later, the author closed everything with a dark background. Amur's features are large, and his hair is short. He looks like a small child, tired after a long and tiring day. Upon long examination, his sleep seems too deep, like a daze. A heavy, depressing dream can serve as a symbol of the inexorability of such a fleeting phenomenon as time.

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Watch the video: Caravaggio: His life and style in three paintings. National Gallery (September 2020).