Monday, March 13, 2023

Cupid and His Love Dart

By Kimberly Grist

While researching life in the 19th century, I became intrigued by the popular depictions of a chubby male child, usually naked and sometimes winged. Originally known in Renaissance and Baroque periods, the putto came to represent the cupid, which can be found in religious and secular art from the 1420s to the turn of the 16th century.

Many artists have depicted them, and among the best-known examples are from the painter Raphael and the sculptor Donatello.

These winged characters experienced a revival in the 19th century and appeared in architecture, artwork, illustrations, folk paintings, and other handcrafted decor and dishware.

Cherubs also appeared in fabrics and wallpaper in cards, calendars, and advertisements.

Cherubs in the Victorian era were symbolic of romantic love and, for some, represented the cherubim watching over and interceding for mankind.

The fat little-winged angels who carried a bow and arrow came to be known as the symbol of piercing the heart of mortals with love and desire.

The combination of divinity, myth, and romanticism made cherubs accessible decorations even when, in society, the glimpse of an ankle was considered erotic.

New Release
In my new release, A Match for Gabe, our heroine is hoping for romance and definitely needs Cupid's intervention.
Carrie Ann Dixon's impulsive nature has cost her a teaching position. Destitute, she seeks the help of a matchmaker requesting someone who embraces adventure and is enthusiastic about building a romantic relationship.
Gabe Russell, former soldier and regimented rancher, isn't looking for love. Instead, he needs a cook, housekeeper, and babysitter for his four younger siblings. Hence, his request to the matchmaker includes, "My desired match should be a no-nonsense, hard-working woman who knows the importance of following a schedule.

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Fans of historical romance set in the late 19th -Century will enjoy stories combining, History, Humor, and Romance, emphasizing Faith, Friends, and Good, Clean Fun.


  1. Thanks for posting today. I'm not sure how angelic those cherubs in Raphael's painting are....that look in their eyes has always spelled mischief to me!

  2. I agree. I wouldn't want to turn my back on them.

  3. I somewhat agree with Connie and Kimberly--perhaps not as angelic as they're made out to be. But part of the lore in any case. Thanks for the fun blog!