"Mars and Cupid" (1862) by Bertel Thorvaldsen
Probably completed by Brynjulf Larsen Bergslien under the supervision of H.W. Bissen after the original plaster model 1810, inv.no. A7
Mars is the god of war and so he is given a rather macho appearance. However, we meet him in peaceful surroundings together with his son, the little winged messenger of love, Cupid. So the sculpture confronts the two opposites with each other: big and small, adult and child, war and love. It is as though father and son are in the middle of some game of exchange: Cupid has for fun been allowed to try his strength on Mars’ big, heavy sword, and conversely Mars has taken Cupid’s little love game in his hand. And it is this game that is the centre of attention. Cupid is looking tensely up at his father to see whether even a god of war will be able to recognise the strength of love.
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