Tag Archives: Cupid

Beauty actualized

Vincent P. De Luise New Haven, Connecticut   Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, Antonio Canova, First version, completed 1793, Louvre Museum “First of all, move me, surprise me, rend my heart; make me tremble, weep, shudder; outrage me; delight my eyes afterwards if you can . . .” – Denis Diderot   What is beauty? […]

Drunk in love: bodies and consumption in Samson and Delilah

Leigh Andersen     Samson and Delilah (1610) by Peter Paul Rubens Peter Paul Rubens’ rendition of Samson and Delilah (1610) depicts Samson sleeping on Delilah’s lap as a Philistine cuts his hair, thereby removing the secret to his herculean strength. The artist who gave us the term “Rubenesque,” in which the words “plump” and […]