Trapped by Apollo's unwanted advances, Daphne prays to her father, the river god Peneus, who turns her into a laurel, the tree sacred to Apollo.It is the first of several unsuccessful or tragic love affairs for Apollo.
Cupids are a frequent motif of both Roman art and later Western art of the classical tradition.
In the 15th century, the iconography of Cupid starts to become indistinguishable from the putto.
Cupid carries two kinds of arrows, one with a sharp golden point, and the other with a blunt tip of lead.
A person wounded by the golden arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire, but the one struck by the lead feels aversion and desires only to flee.
Cicero, however, says that there were three Cupids, as well as three Venuses: the first Cupid was the son of Mercury and Diana, the second of Mercury and the second Venus, and the third of Mars and the third Venus.