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Potentia Amoris.

The power of Love

Cupid holding a bunch of flowers in one hand and a fish in the other.

Nudus Amor viden’ ut ridet placidumque tuetur?
Nec faculas, nec quae cornua flectat habet.[1]
Altera sed manuum flores gerit, altera piscem,
Scilicet ut terrae jura det atque mari.

Do you see how Love, all naked, smiles, do you see his gentle glance? He has no torches, nor a bow to bend, but in one of his hands he holds flowers, in the other a fish, to impose his rule, of course, on land and sea.

La puissance damour.

Cupido ne tient plus de flesches,
Darc ny feu, dont maintz a pugny:
Ains ou lieu de ses arc, traictz, mesches,
Dune main sest de fleurs garny.
En lautre est de poisons muny,
Non de instrumens, faisans aymer:
Car il publie pour vray, sans ny,
Quil est maistre en terre, & en mer.


1.  These were traditional attributes of Cupid (Love). See Daly 110 and Daly 114.

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  • 'Acqua', 'Carro dell'acqua' (Ripa) [21D0] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • 'Forza d'amore, Forza d'amore si nell'acqua come in terra' (Ripa) [56F2515] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • 'Terra', 'Carro della terra' (Ripa) [21B0] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Strength, Power; 'Fortezza', 'Fortezza d'Animo e di corpo', 'Fortezza del corpo congiunta con la generositÓ dell'animo', 'Fortezza & valore del corpo congiunto con la prudenza & virt¨ del animo', 'Forza' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54A7(+4):56F2(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass

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