Romance online exhibition
Accession number WAG 4106
The full title of this statue is actually 'Love (or Cupid) cherishing the soul while preparing to torment it', but it is also known by the shorter title 'Love tormenting the soul'.
In the staue the human soul is symbolised by the butterfly on Cupid's breast which is about to be subjected to Love's arrow.
Gibson's design, related to Thorvaldsen's 'Cupid Triumphant', was first executed at the Royal Academy in 1839. Several versions were made, including this one for Richard Vaughan Yates, the Liverpool merchant.
This statue is on display in the sculpture gallery at the Walker Art Gallery.
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