Screaming Child, Stung by a Bee, Hendrik de Keyser (I) (attributed to), c. 1615

Screaming Child, Stung by a Bee, Hendrik de Keyser (I) (attributed to), c. 1615

boxwood, h 17cm. More details

This sculpture probably depicts Cupid, the god of love, who was stung by a bee after stealing some honey. The incident is described in a poem attributed to the Greek poet Theocritus, who lived in the 3rd century BC. The Amsterdam city sculptor Hendrik de Keyser here drew on the poem to portray an extreme facial expression.

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