Omnia Vincit Amor; Et Nos Cedamus Amori. What Is The English Translation Of The Phrase Above?


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Rebecca Hunt Profile
Rebecca Hunt answered
The English translation is 'Love conquers all: Let us all yield to love!'

'Amor Vincit Omnia' is actually a painting by an Italian post Mannerist/early Realism artist called Caravaggio circa 1601 to 1602 in Gemaldegalerie Berlin. It is an oil on canvas. Its dimensions are 61 inches x 44 inches (156cm x 113cm). The painting shows a Roman Cupid called Amor wearing dark colored eagle wings either climbing down or half sitting on what looks like a table. There are emblems of human endeavors scattered around him such as bay leaves, manuscript and pen, square and some compasses, coronet, armor, lute and violin, and astral globe that is trampled and tangled under the foot of Cupid. The painting actually illustrates a line out of Virgil's 'Eclogues' X.69: 'Omnia vincit amor et nos cedamus amori'.

There is a musical manuscript showing a big 'V' that is lying on the floor. It has been suggested that this painting depicts coded references to the accomplishments of a certain Vincenzo Giustiniani. This Genoese family actually ruled over Chios in 1622. This explains the coronet. The cultivated Marchese wrote about painting and music. This explains the musical instruments, manuscript and pen. He was also constructed an impressive new palazzo. This explains the geometrical instruments. He also studied astronomy. This explains the astral sphere. The armor reflects his military prowess. The symbology of this painting could thus hold the probable reading of: 'Vincenzo Conquers All'. Giustiniani was said to prize this painting above other works within his collection. 

Publius Vergilius Maro, known as Virgil in English, was born on October 15th 70 BC and died in 19 BC. He was an eminent poet and author of the 'Georgics', the 'Eclogues' and the 'Aeneid'. The Aeneid was an epic poem containing twelve books. It became the national epic of the Roman Empire.
Will Martin Profile
Will Martin answered
This is from Virgil and means: "Love conquers all; let us, too, surrender to love." You can find this and other Latin sayings here.
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Anonymous answered
Love conquers all
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Anonymous answered
Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love
nikola zivanovic Profile
It means that Cornelius Galus, about who the poem is, can not live in peaceful place of idyll. He wants to go to world, because he loves that world, and then he will die. Because all what we want is what will conquer us.

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