Twisted Heart and Arrow of Love

Sodoma - Cupid in a Landscap

For many millennia, humans have been struck by the mystique and intensity of both love and creativity. These are special mental states which are to thank for some of the greatest events, art, actions, and creations of all time. Ancient Greeks came to understand and respect these mysterious states through mythology. By developing and telling these stories, they were able to gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of our minds.

Heart and Arrow

The traditional myth of Cupid attempts to explain love and its desperate, maddening impulsivity. Closely related to the intensity of love is creativity. A flowing, creative state is something craved and to be respected. The Greeks would pray to the Muses, goddesses of creativity.

ARY D’PO is deeply interested in Greek myths and how these powerful stories remain relevant today. There is much to be learned about art, creativity, and jewelry design from this incredible ancient culture.

Cupid detail from Raphael's The Triumph of Galatea
Cupid detail from Raphael’s The Triumph of Galatea

 The ancient Greek myth of Cupid

The myth of Cupid is about the son of the goddess of love, and Psyche, the most beautiful mortal girl to walk the Earth. Cupid’s mother, Venus, was so jealous of Psyche that she asked Cupid to shoot her with a magic arrow. This magic arrow would make her fall in love with a ghastly creature.

Instead, Cupid accidentally scratched himself with the arrow. He fell, quickly and madly, in love with Psyche. The arrow of love not only scratches the surface of one’s skin, but it pierces through one’s heart. Love leaves those struck by the arrow forever marked with the wounds in their chest forever.

Love in art and ARY D’PO designer jewelry

Twisted Heart & Arrow Necklace Rhodium over Sterling Silver

To us at ARY D’PO, love is as eternal and omnipresent as nature and art. Artistic inspiration is a form of love. Like romantic love, it hits when you aren’t looking for it. One finds love when you least expect it and when you need it the most.

Ancient Greek culture had figures that served as personifications of inspiration. These were the Muses. The Muses were minor goddesses and ruled the world of art. They controlled all things beautiful and meaningful. They were found everywhere within the myths, and permeated into art such as ancient Greek pottery and friezes. Even the prayers said by artists and designers before beginning their artistic processes were addressed toward the Muses. The Muses were symbols of the eternality of the artistic form and harbingers of good fortune.

Today, we see all ancient Greek fables and stories as lessons. They serve as examples of the future. Like the Muses, we should incorporate and embody art and inspiration in all we do. And, like Cupid, we should be open to love, even when we least expect it.

Each piece of ARY D’PO designer jewelry has come through our physical senses. It comes from our souls, our pain, and our love. We believe that art is the cornucopic combination of them all. Artists create through life, and everything it encompasses.