Cupid Disarmed (Watteau)

Cupid Disarmed (L'Amour désarmé) is a c. 1715 painting, usually but not definitively attributed to Antoine Watteau. It is one of eight paintings kept by Watteau's friend and protector Jean de Jullienne until the latter's death in 1766. Benoît Audran engraved it in 1727 and described and reproduced it in an inventory of the Jullienne collection in 1756. After Jullienne's death the art dealer Boileau bought it for Jean-Baptiste de Montullé, Jullienne's executor.

Watteau L'Amour désarmé Musée Condé.jpg

It was sold again in 1783 and seems to have been sold from the hôtel Bullion to a British collector after the Reign of Terror, before returning to France just before 1848. It then entered the collection of the marquis de Maison, with which it was bought by Henri d'Orleans, Duke of Aumale in 1868, who hung it in the salle de la Tribune in his château de Chantilly. It still forms part of the Musée Condé.


It is one of the rare mythological paintings painted by Watteau, representing Venus grasping Cupid's bow. This is why, one of the hypotheses sees in it a painting painted at the time of the reception of the painter at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. According to Pierre-Jean Mariette, Watteau was inspired by a drawing by Paul Veronese which had belonged to Pierre Crozat then to Mariette himself and which is now kept in the Louvre museum.[1]

By its format and its characters, the painting has also been compared to another painting by Watteau: Autumn, which is also kept at the Louvre.[2]

There are many replicas of it. It is a relatively common theme in academic painting, taken up by François Boucher in 1751.

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External linksEdit

  • Eidelberg, Martin (December 2014). "L'Amour désarmé". A Watteau Abecedario. Archived from the original on October 17, 2020. Retrieved October 17, 2020.