The Art Of Love
Happy Valentine’s Day! What are some renowned paintings focused on love?
On this day, whether you’re celebrating loved ones, or gnashing your teeth about smug couples and surge price candies, New York’s Metropolitan Museum has art to match.
In our header art above, we find Kerry James Marshall’s 2012 ‘Untitled’, which was displayed in a 2016-17 exhibit of the artist’s work at The Met Breuer.
Here’s a sampling of other love-relevant Met works – most owned, a few loaned to past exhibits – dating back to the late 1500s.
Love Of Yore
Mars and Venus United by Love. Paolo Veronese. 1570s
Omnia Vincit Amor. Or The Power of Love in the Three Elements. 1809
The Storm. Pierre-Auguste Cot. 1880
Springtime. Pierre-Auguste Cot. 1873
Yonker Ramp and his Sweetheart. Frans Hals. 1623
The Greek Lovers. Henry Peters Gray. 1846
The Love Song. Sir Edward Burne-Jones. 1868-77
The Music Lesson. John George Brown. 1870
Boxed Valentine’s Day Card. Anonymous British. 1840-99
The Love Letter. Jean Honoré Fragonard. early 1770s.
The Love Letter. Jacob Ochtervelt. early 1670s.
Angelica and Medoro. Jacques Blanchard. possibly early 1630’s
All That Glitters
Sulking. Edgar Degas. 1870
Ill-Matched Couple. Albrecht Dürer. No Date.
Lover’s Eyes. 1840
Into the 21st Century with Alice Neel
© The Estate of Alice Neel
Alice Neel. Sue Seely and Her Husband. 1948
Alice Neel. Rita and Hubert. 1954
Alice Neel. Jackie Curtis and Ritta Redd. 1970
Header Image: Kerry James Marshall. Untitled. 2012 ©