Cupid the Honey Thief
Albrecht Dürer
Cupid the Honey Thief
Albrecht Dürer (German, Northern Renaissance, 1471–1528): Cupid the Honey Thief, 1514. Pen and ink and watercolor on paper, 22 x 31 cm. Kunshistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.

"This delightful watercolour tells the story of Cupid, the god of love, who ran to his mother Venus, vainly trying to escape a swarm of bees whose honeycomb he had stolen. In his rush to escape, Cupid dropped his arrows. According to the fable told by the Greek poet Theocritus, in his Idylls, Venus laughs and says: 'Are you not just like the bee - so little yet able to inflict such painful wounds?' Cupid the Honey Thief was part of a series of watercolour illustrations of mythological subjects which Dürer painted in 1514."


Related (Exhibition):

"Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance"

February 19 – May 11, 2014

The National Gallery, London

"… insights into the way these works were perceived in their time and in the recent past, and how they are seen today.

It will focus on … Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach the Elder."