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Eroten on a relief frieze of the 2nd century BC Chr.
Piero di Cosimo : Venus with Eros and Mars , erotes playing in the background
Arnold Böcklin : Amor am Weiher (1869)

As Cupid is known in archeology multiple representations of Cupid Eros as decoration or ornament on trays or containers . In analogy to Cupid , the Roman equivalent of Eros, we speak in Roman art also of cupids or Amorinen .

As an image for heavenly love, the naked boys initially appear in Christian art , for example as fishermen of men in the mosaics of Aquileia or as grape pickers on Helen's coffin in the Vatican Museums . Another example of early Christian depiction is the Noah sarcophagus in Trier, in which Noah, who is just greeting the returning dove, is flanked by two erotes weaving garlands of flowers. ( Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier )

In the baroque era they return as ubiquitous putti .


  • Rudolf glasses: a heavenly kindergarten. Putti and cupids . Munich: Bruckmann 1939.
  • Rainer Hoffmann: In heaven as on earth. The putti of Venice . Munich: Böhlau 2007. ISBN 978-3-412-20056-5

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Karl August Böttiger: Cursus. Jupiter, Juno and Neptune, Cupid and Psyche . Dresden and Leipzig, 1836. Volume 2, p. 518
  2. ^ Sarcophagus of Empress Helena , German Digital Library, accessed on November 4, 2019