The examples chosen try to represent issues in visualising Cupid, from the archetypal Correggio (two little chaps, bottom row) to the sheer sauciness of the Beardsley (Lysistrata, top row). The appearence of Cupid in the Fashion Plate signifies a neat way of evoking sex among the furbelows. The traditional association of the act of falling in love with the impact of Cupid's dart is another visual cliche but can be used effectively, a variant on the St Sebastian option of pleasure and pain.


• the possible erotic context of the relationship with the human being

• winsome. prurient, cute or what?

• drawing the floating figure

• overtones of paedophilia - representing the naked child's figure

• a parallel disposition of figures parallel to the Annunciation