I’m snowed in today! So it’s a perfect time to get some blogging done. I still have Valentines Day on the brain and couldn’t wait to share these lovely antique illustrations of cherubs and cupids. These are great for vintage-style Valentines, Etsy gifts, greeting cards, collages, and more. I used Pixlr to bring out more color in the illustrations. Created by Autodesk, Pixlr is a wonderful and FREE open source editing tool that’s simple to use. I would also suggest checking out more of their free design tools like Sketchbook Pro and Homebuilder. If you’re student with an .edu email address, you can also access a lot of their paid software for free as well. Love those student perks!
Anyhoo, without further ado, here are 8 lovely free vintage illustrations of cherubs, cupids, and angels that are perfect for your creative Valentine’s Day projects! P.S, if you’re looking for interesting facts and history about cherubs, don’t forget the fun facts at the end of this post.
Fun Facts for Valentines Day: The History of Cupid and Cherubs
- Cupid, also known as Eros, was a popular figure in Greek and Roman Mythology. His mother was Venus (Aphrodite), and he shot people with love-poisoned bows and arrows to make them fall in love, ensuring his mother’s power.
- In a 2nd century book by the ancient Roman philosopher, Lucius Apuleius, Cupid was accidently scratched by his own bow and arrows. This made him fall in love with a mortal human named Psyche.
- While cupid didn’t start out with a “cherub” baby-like look in mythology, he gradually took on that form as Renaissance-era artists began depicting the famous mythological hero as such. Cherubs began to exclusively symbolize love AND innocence, making them an appealing subject for Antique Valentines.
- The word Cherub comes from the Hebrew term, cherubim. They first appeared in the bible in The Garden of Eden.
- These “winged angelic beings” appear in a variety of artwork across cultures. Specifically, they served or assisted that culture’s God or Gods. For example, in Assyrian-Babylonian culture, cherubs, or karabus, served Babylonian gods known as the shedu, who took the form of winged bulls with human heads.