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Cupid and spiders web on a Valentine card

Cupid with net and spiders web on a Valentine card -- Caught in Loves Web. (2 of 2) Date: circa 1890s

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Caught in Love's Web: A Victorian Valentine's Day Tale of Romance and Enchantment (circa 1890s) This image showcases a late Victorian Valentine card featuring the mythological figure of Cupid, the god of love, ensnared in a delicate spider web. The intricate cobweb, adorned with dew drops and glistening with the sheen of freshness, frames the cherubic figure of Cupid, his wings spread wide in a futile attempt to escape the web's grasp. The playful scene is a nod to the ancient belief that spiders were the weavers of the threads of fate, and that their webs represented the intricate connections that bind us together. In this context, the spider web symbolizes the complex and intricate nature of love and the bonds it creates. The card's verse, penned in elegant script, reads, "Cupid, the hapless one, In Love's ensnaring web is spun, His wings, though strong and swift to fly, Are powerless to break the sly, Silken bond, that round him clings, And holds him fast in Love's sweet strings." This romantic and whimsical Valentine card from the late Victorian era invites us to reflect on the enchanting and often unpredictable nature of love, and the delicate balance between freedom and the bonds that bind us to one another. The image of Cupid, caught in Love's web, serves as a reminder that even the most powerful and elusive forces of love and desire are ultimately subject to its irresistible allure.

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