“Eros is man's conversion from the sensible to the super-sensible; it is the upward movement of the soul; it is a real force, driving the soul upwards to seek the world of forms.” (Anders Nygren, Agape and Eros, New York: Macmillan, 1937, I:127)
In the ancient Greek pantheon of deities, Eros (Cupid) is the son of Penia (need) and Poros (initiative). Poros is imbued with the virtues of beauty, goodness and courage, but also with impetuousness and cunning. Their union results in Eros, the rash god of love who lies midway between morality and immorality, the carnal and the spiritual, wisdom and ignorance, mortality and divinity. Eros provided the ancient Greeks with a way of speaking about the human experience of division and longing, the desire that propels men and women alike to seek love and love's gifts: wisdom and beauty.
Provincial Museum of Alberta; Maison Saint-Gabriel; Cupids Museum; Fanshawe Pioneer Village; Musée Colby-Curtis - Société historique de Stanstead; Doon Heritage Crossroads; St. Marys Museum; British Museum, London, England; Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel, Florida, USA