The Cup of Love

Elihu Vedder American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 773

Vedder based this painting on one of his illustrations for an 1884 edition of Edward FitzGerald’s translation of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, a poem about life’s mysteries. A critic described the picture’s narrative as follows: “On a sculptured sarcophagus, in which lies buried the Past, sits a handsome brown youth. . . . To him comes the woman in fine figure, with a mass of auburn hair, whose back is alone visible. . . . At the right, Dan Cupid looks on, approving.”

The Cup of Love, Elihu Vedder (American, New York 1836–1923 Rome), Oil on wood, American

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