(Another hid his eyes behind his wing,)
These two forms of Cupid suggest two forms of love. One is more bold, outgoing, while the other is shy (hiding his eyes).
We should too. We’re voyeurs in a love scene.
In Roman mythology, Cupid is the god of erotic love and beauty. He is in Virgil’s Aeneid changed into the shape of Ascanius inspiring Dido’s love, which leads to Dido eventually killing herself. Thus disguised, Cupidon leads Aeneas in the Aeneid to fulfill his destiny as the founder of Rome. Later Roman emperors associated Cupidon also with the lust for glory or for power.
In one version of his myth, Cupidon is also the son of Aries and Mercury and portrayed as asexual, further emphasizing universal love.
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