Grainne Purkiss, who spends some of her time working with an educational charity called Magic Lantern Art, presented a talk about six paintings depicting aspects of love and romance:
Here is some more information that Grainne sent as a follow-up to her talk:
Love and Romance list of paintings
|1||Jan Van Eyck||The Arnolfini Portrait||Oil on oak board (3 panels) 82cm x 60cm||1434||National Gallery London|
|2||Sandro Botticelli||Venus and Mars||Tempera and oil on poplar 69cm x 1.73m||c.1485||National Gallery London|
|3||Frans Hals||A Marriage Portrait||Oil on canvas 1.4m x 1.66m||1622||Rijksmuseum Amsterdam|
|4||Jean-Honoré Fragonard||The Swing||Oil on canvas 81cm x 64cm||c.1767||The Wallace Collection London|
|5||William Holman-Hunt||The Awakening Conscience||Oil on canvas 76cm x 56cm||1853||Tate Gallery London|
|6||Gustav Klimt||The Kiss||Oil and gold leaf on canvas 1.8m x 1.8m||1908||Österreichische Galerie Belvedere Vienna|
Here is a link to a 4-minute clip about Klimt’s “The Kiss”
For me, the most accessible art historian is the late, Sister Wendy Beckett and I would recommend any of her books as she is so easy to read and very witty.
I would also recommend 1001 Paintings to see before you die. A bit of a bucket list!
Websites – on Youtube I find that Smarthistory, produced by the Khan Academy, are great for a 10-minute dip – nothing too taxing!
An apology to the gentleman who asked if the face of the model in The Awakening Conscience had been re-painted. He was correct. Not due to it being too shocking (as I suggested) but because Holman-Hunt’s relationship with Annie Miller had broken down and he repainted ALL of her faces in his paintings of her.