TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

The Worship of Venus (detail)

Oil on canvas
Museo del Prado, Madrid

In classical times, Cupids were considered to be the children of nymphs, who were the female nature spirits who were closely linked to Venus. Titian depicted every one with a precise eye for the enchanting freshness and comic gestures of small children.