L’Amour menaçant

♥ L’Amour menaçant… de Falconet ♥

This sculpture was made by Etienne-Maurice Falconet, in 1757, a marble sculpture of the god of love, of which there are two other copies, one in Saint Petersburg, and another at the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands. This statue was conceived for the Marquise de Pompadour for her garden. Garden of loooove?!?

I love the life that Falconet has sculpted into this little child-sized body, and the perfect proportions that he has given it. It’s marble, but when I look at it, I can almost see it come alive with warm flesh and soft tussled hair and feathery wings… I visit this statue every time I go to the Louvre museum. ♥

Amour, the god of love, as a child, is motioning for silence as he delicately picks an arrow out of his sheath, in order to shoot it at someone, and thus make them fall in ♥ love… Isn’t he sweet! ♥


At the Louvre inn the French sculptures hall.

Did you know that every Friday after 6pm, the Louvre gives free entry to all persons aged 25 and under?!?


  10 comments for “L’Amour menaçant

  1. 14 février 2011 at 03:52

    Beautiful Statue and beautiful post. Thank you for the all around pictures. It felt like I was there myself visiting with God of Love…
    Happy Valentines’s day to you.


  2. 14 février 2011 at 04:10

    Wonderful post for the holiday of Love!

  3. 14 février 2011 at 18:08

    Lovely! I will have to pay a visit to the God of Love on one of those free Friday evenings. Thanks for the cute Valentine’s Day post!

  4. 14 février 2011 at 18:37

    Hey girl!! Just gave you the Stylish Blog Award! http://lardonmyfrench.blogspot.com/2011/02/pretty-sweet-valentines-day.html

  5. 17 février 2011 at 01:15

    Stumbled on your lovely blog via twitter. Is the statue saying « don’t tell anyone »? I’m sure it is!

  6. 24 février 2011 at 16:48

    I must admit that I’ve always found this statue a little creepy, mostly because of the « shhhh »ing motion. It doesn’t help that there is a replica of the statue in the Winchester Mystery House, lol.

  7. 20 septembre 2012 at 08:57

    Did you know you can touch a replica of this statue in the Louvre’s Galerie Tactile (conceived for blind visitors)?

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