Meditation on Love: Venus and Cupid

16473050_10154127137766536_5242702269553045711_nIn Tatian’s painting “Venus Blindfolding Cupid,” we see the origin of love’s (or Cupid’s) absurdity and randomness, it is from Venus herself. Pictured below, Venus gazes off in the distance as she covers her son’s eyes, forcing him to create haphazard erotic connections. Perhaps the daydreaming suggests Venus actions have a desired end. Maybe Venus, the goddess of love, has also been the victim of unfulfilled desire. In Shakespeare’s narrative poem, Venus and Adonis, she falls in love with the beautiful but indifferent Adonis, who prefers hunting to sex. Shakespeare teases out the painful paradox of Venus: “She’s love, She loves, but yet, She is not loved.” To Shakespeare, Venus is not only the object of desire, she is also it’s subject, capable of feeling it’s deepest longings. In the end, the brokenhearted goddess of love curses love wherever it is found. Since she is love, she has the power to bring about such curse. From that point on, all human love has been interwoven with the anguish of Venus and, though lovers may meet and enjoy each other, they are ultimately cursed to a lifetime of unfulfilled desire.


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