Love Betrayed

Love Betrayed, c.1880
John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829 - 1908)
Watercolour on Paper on Board
BORGM 02039a
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum


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Love Betrayed

Moving permanently to Florence in 1880, Stanhope fell completely under the sway of the early Italian Renaissance masters.

He developed an allegorical language of complex symbols; a blind cupid is about to fall through a gap in the bridge. Cupid has been duped either by false love or false hope.  In the background, a bevy of cupids is seen falling down a cliff; their attempt to stave off disaster is futile.


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