“Lady with Arrow, Apricots and Small Monkey”

This is a painting of 'the beloved' - the recipient of cupid's arrow. I was reminded of Shakespeare's words about love being an "ever-fixed mark."

Lady with Arrow, Apricots and Small Monkey"

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

– Sonnet 116, William Shakespeare

“Lady with Arrow, Apricots and Small Monkey”
oil on panel, 20×16 inches
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