The character displayed here above is different for two reasons, first
because it is imaginary, and secondly because Cupid is male. But the
model for the painting was more than likely a young female in order to
capture the appearance of what at the time would be considered innocence
and immortality. The hairstyle is not so much significant as what one
might encounter on a real person in a public place, but by its nature as
a representation of youth and innocence, and in modern terms,
femininity. Cupid is an angel with a slightly devious nature in his
attempt at making matches by decided who should get together, with his
well-placed arrows. The center part through the subject's hair, also
suggests a female model. A century later, when parents dressed little
boys in skirts, it was only the center part that distinguished the girl
from the boy, whose hair was parted at the side. The hairstyle
ultimately descended through the ages and became the trademark of
curly-topped little girls like Shirley Temple.
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