London, The National Gallery


In art as in literature, the emotions of love – from elation and joy to anguish and heartache – are a driving force that has been portrayed time and time again. Taking the powerful emotions of love as its theme, this exhibition assembles carefully selected works from the fifteenth century to the present day. It takes us from depictions of divine, mortal and maternal love in classical art, such as Raphael's painting "The Madonna of the Pinks," to Grayson Perry's bunny sculpture "God Please Keep My Children Safe."

Indeed, artists such as Cranach, Vermeer, Holman Hunt, Marc Chagall and Tracey Emin have sought to respond to and portray the feelings that love provokes in their works. The classical works on display range from Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's painting "The Banquet of Cleopatra" to Dante Gabriel Rossetti's "Astarte Syriaca" and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema's painting "The Unconscious Rivals." On the contemporary side are Marc Quinn's sculpture "Kiss," of a young teenage couple tenderly embracing, and David Hockney's allusion to homosexual affection in his picture "We Two Boys Together Clinging."

July 24 through October 5, 2008
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
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