A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros

A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros

by: William-Adolphe Bouguereau, about 1880, oil on canvas

This painting depicts a young woman who is supposedly “defending” herself from Cupid.  As the story goes, once struck by Cupid’s arrow, a person is overcome by desire, attraction and love.  I have always thought of Cupid as a simple mythological story to explain something that happens naturally in us all.  Bouguereau’s painting changed that story for me to one of deal making and choice.