Armed with an arrow, Cupid is depicted as piercing two hearts. He is famous as a naughty, winged child armed with arrows and bow. The arrows are symbols of emotions and desire of love and Cupid targets these arrows on the hearts of men and women. According to Greek mythology cupid is called Eros, the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love.
For the Romans cupid’s mother was Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Cupid is responsible for making people fall in love by shooting magical arrows at them.
“Although in modern times, Cupid is most often portrayed as a cherubic fairy devoted to the spread of love and romance, he did not have such a squeaky clean reputation among the ancients. Rather, he was believed to be a bad boy, a trouble maker. In addition to being playful, in Greek and roman mythology, he was also quite fickle and perverse. Furthermore, his ability to inspire love, it was believed, was coupled with his ability to inspire hatred. Therefore, in many paintings of Cupid, he carries two quivers of arrows, one for each purpose.”
Cupid fell in love with Psyche, a mortal beautiful woman. Goddess Venus was jealous of Psyche and asked Cupid to use his arrows to make Psyche fall in love with the ugliest man o earth. Accidently Cupid pricked the arrow on himself and against Venus’ wishes fell in love with Psyche.