Amor Vincit Omnia (c. 1601-02) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Amor Vincit Omnia - Caravaggio - c. 1601-02

Artwork Information

TitleAmor Vincit Omnia
Datec. 1601-02
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions75 1/4 x 58 1/4 in (191 x 148 cm)
Current LocationGemaeldegalerie, Berlin

About Amor Vincit Omnia

Amor Vincit Omnia is a painting by Caravaggio, created around 1601-02. The painting depicts the triumph of love over all human endeavors, symbolized by scattered emblems at Cupid’s feet. The title means “Love Conquers All” and is inspired by a line from Virgil’s tenth Eclogue.

The realistic portrayal of Cupid in the painting is playful, with his crooked grin and tousled hair. Cupid dominates the scene as he stands astride a pile of emblems representing human activities such as the arts, music, war, and science among others.

The painting was commissioned by Vincenzo Guistanini and remained in his possession for many years before being acquired by Cardinal Del Monte. Today it can be seen at the Galleria Borghese in Rome.

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