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By Jane Kingsley-Smith

Cupid turned a favored determine within the literary and visible tradition of post-Reformation England. He served to articulate and debate the hot Protestant conception of wish, inspiring a dismal model of affection tragedy during which Cupid kills. yet he was once additionally implicated in different controversies, because the item of idolatrous, Catholic worship and as an adversary to girl rule: Elizabeth I's encounters with Cupid have been a very important function of her image-construction and adjusted subtly all through her reign. protecting a wide selection of fabric akin to work, trademarks and jewelry, yet focusing typically on poetry and drama, together with works by way of Sidney, Shakespeare, Marlowe and Spenser, Kingsley-Smith illuminates the Protestant fight to classify and keep watch over wish and the ways that Cupid disrupted this procedure. An unique standpoint on early smooth wish, the booklet will attract somebody drawn to the literature, drama, gender politics and artwork historical past of the English Renaissance.

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For Roxana Contents checklist of illustrations Acknowledgements web page ix x creation     Cupid, artwork and idolatry  The Cupid-idol: medieval to Renaissance Tottel’s Miscellany and Cupid-worship Sidney and Cupid-art Condemning iconoclasm: the Arcadia and Cupid’s Revenge Cupid and iconoclasm within the Faerie Queene Cupid and the paintings of Busirane       Cupid, dying and tragedy  half one: love and loss of life come nearer jointly the following love dies: the putto and the cranium Cupid and demise: ‘De Morte & Amore’ The Cupidean plague-angel half : Cupidean tragedy Cambyses, King of Persia Gismond of Salerne and Tancred and Gismund Cupid’s Revenge         Cupid, chastity and rebellious ladies  generating girl hope: Cupid and Mary Stuart Cupid, Chastity and Time Succumbing to Cupid Threatening lady chastity: Cupid and Elizabeth I Churchyard’s Shew of Chastity Sappho and Phao A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Faerie Queene : Belphoebe and Amoret         vii Contents viii Displacing male hope: Cupid and woman Mary Wroth Pamphilia to Amphilanthus Love’s Victory  Cupid and the boy – the excitement and soreness of boy-love      Cupid as appealing boy needing Cupid in Italian Renaissance paintings: Pontormo, Bronzino, Caravaggio Dido, Queen of Carthage and Cupid as boy actor Cupid and effeminacy: Middleton’s the great Valour Cupid, sodomy and castration: Soliman and Perseda and Cupid’s Whirligig The pleasures of infantilism: Sidney vs. Greville Cupid and maternal nurturance at the early smooth level       ‘Cupid and Psyche’: the go back of the sacred?  Cupid and Psyche : Apuleius, Fulgentius and Boccaccio interpreting Adlington’s Cupid Heywood’s Love’s Mistress Cupid within the Caroline masque: Love’s Triumph via Callipolis and The Temple of affection end: Cupid within the English Civil Wars    Notes Bibliography Index       Illustrations . ‘Sleeping Venus’ after Titian, Dulwich photograph Gallery. by way of permission of the Trustees of Dulwich photo Gallery. DPG . web page  . Vanitas through Bartholomaeus Spranger (c. ), Wawel citadel, Krakow. Copyright © Zamek Królewski na Wawelu.  . Andrea Alciato, ‘De Morte, & Amore’, Emblemata (). Copyright © The British Library Board. G. .  . Geffrey Whitney, ‘De morte, & amore ’, a call of Emblemes (), Leiden. Copyright © The British Library Board. . bbb. .  . Anon. , ‘Portrait of a Lady’, The Royal assortment. Copyright © , Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  . Francesco Rosselli, The Triumph of affection (c. –), long island, Metropolitan Museum. Copyright © photograph SCALA, Florence, The Metropolitan Museum of paintings, .  . Caravaggio, Amor Vincit Omnia (c. ), Gemäldegalerie, Berlin. Copyright © bpk / Gemäldegalerie, SMB / Jörg P. Anders.  . Agnolo Bronzino, Allegory of Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time (–), nationwide Gallery, London. Copyright © nationwide Gallery, London.  . Orazio Gentileschi, Cupid and Psyche (c.

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