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"Cupid" by Jean Baptiste Greuze

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. 15hqqy.

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