The Opera House of the Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve is about to open a new exposition, Cupid's Arrows, dedicated to the depictions of this love god in art. The exhibition has been organized by the Ostankino Museum Estate and is being curated by Irina Yefremova, the Museum's applied art collection conservator.
Cupid's Arrows will complement the sculpture collection from the Ostankino Palace, which was moved to Tsaritsyno a few years ago while the Palace is undergoing renovations. The exposition's main highlights are 18th century items: it was during this time period that the use of Cupid imagery in culture reached its peak. For instance, symbols related to the love god adorned various everyday items and fashionable accessories, particularly fans, where Cupid appeared most often.
Exhibition visitors will be able to see five rare fans from the Ostankino collection, including Galatea's Triumph, a painted, carved, and embossed plié fan made by an unknown French craftsman in the 1760s out of paper, tortoiseshell, and gilded and silver foil. Among other exhibits, you will find rare engravings featuring Cupid, along with vases, miniatures, snuffboxes, and jewelry boxes provided by the Museum Estate.
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