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Bertel Thorvaldsen
: Bertel (Albert, Alberto) Thorvaldsen
: 19.11.1770
: 24.03.1844
: dansk
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Cupid Received by Anacreon, Winter, 1823

Marble. 48,5 x 70,0 cm
Inventory number: A827

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One of Antiquity’s authors, Anacreon, wrote a poem about how he on a rainy night lets in a freezing boy and allows him to get warm by the fire. The boy, however, reveals himself to be Cupid and shoots an arrow into the heart of the old man. The poem and the relief are about how old people also know love and can fall in love. This is also the point of the proverb “Old houses also catch on fire”.