Free Antique Illustrations of Valentines Day Cupids and Cherubs

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.

 

These vintage illustrations are no longer under copyright and are free to use in your personal, commercial, and educational projects without permission. These images were scanned and edited from my own personal collection of antique illustrations. Please credit FreeVintageIllustrations.com when posting these images on your own websites, blogs, and social media pages.
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Free Vintage Valentines Day Illustrations For Your Lovely Crafts and Projects

It’s 2016, whoo hoo! I know I’m a little late to the party but have tons vintage images to share for the new year. I recently went back to school for marketing, and I’m pretty excited about it, but getting back into the homework grind has been a serious time-sucking challenge. But without further ado, it’s time for us to celebrate the next great crafting holiday on the horizon, VALENTINE’S DAY.

Okay, I love Valentine’s Day. Not for the whole couple aspect because I get embarrassed easily by that stuff (TMI?), but for all the fun crafting projects honestly. Every year, I see a lot of unique and creative vintage-themed Valentines on Pinterest. This year, I kinda like the idea of blending more lush green tones with traditional pinks and reds. What do you think? The following collection of free vintage valentines day illustrations have been scanned and slightly edited from my own personal collection at home, so you can incorporate them into your own magnificent valentines this year for friends and family. You may also want to consider turning these images into your own coloring book, digitally printed napkins and placemats, postcards, invitations, blog post images, and more creative projects. Need some fascinating Valentine’s Day facts for your school lesson, projects, or book? Don’t forget to check out the fun facts below!

Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day

  • Roughly 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged a year, making Valentine’s Day the biggest greeting card holiday after Christmas
  • The Catholic Church has recognized three different saints over the years with the “Valentine” name – all of them were martyred
  • Some believe that “Valentine” (the main valentine that Valentine’s Day was inspired by) may have been a priest during Rome’s 3rd century. Then Emperor Claudius II made marriage illegal for single young men because it was believed that they would make much better soldiers than men who’re married with children. Valentine, in protest, still performed marriage ceremonies for young men who wished to marry. Once Valentine was caught, Claudius sentenced him to death, making Valentine an important martyr.
  • There are other stories that suggest Valentine wasn’t put to death for performing marriage ceremonies, but for helping Christians escape brutal Roman prisons. According to this version of Saint Valentine’s story, Valentine, who was imprisoned himself, was the first person to send a “valentine” after falling for the prison ward’s daughter. Legend tells that this first valentine contained the words, “From your Valentine.”
  • The legends surround Valentine made him an extremely popular saint, as he stood for such powerful and resonating themes as love and heroism. In fact, by the middle ages, he had already become the most popular saint in France and England. 

These images were scanned and edited from my own personal collection of vintage Valentine’s Day illustrations from home. You may use these images in your personal and commercial craft projects without permission. Please link back to this site is if you’re posting these images on your website or blog, social media, or any other web page.

This post is the first of a series of upcoming vintage valentine’s day images for you to use. I’m working on uploading and curating more, so stay tuned for more awesome antique finds!