Raphael’s Little Olympian

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Feast your Valentine’s eyes on this section from The Triumph of Galatea, a fresco painted by Raphael around 1514 for the Villa Farnesina in Rome.  It’s part of a scene depicting a Greek myth of a shepherd and his girl falling in love, only to be tormented by a one-eyed giant.

But I’m thinking only about Valentine’s Day and the Olympics. Could it be that this little cupid is a contestant in an ancient Olympic archery event? Today I’d like to think so.



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