Love Stories
Art, Passion & Tragedy

Over 100 portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Hermitage Amsterdam

The exhibition is an ode to love in all its forms. From romantic love to the obsession of artists for their muse and from love tragedies to the love that conquers against all odds. The world’s most beautiful and controversial love stories are told in more than 100 portraits. Together they paint a moving picture of how love and desire have influenced portraiture through the ages; from sixteenth-century paintings to contemporary photography. Come face-to-face with famous love couples like Oscar Wilde & Lord Alfred Douglas and John Lennon & Yoko Ono, and meet famous artists like Anthony van Dyck, Lee Miller, Ferdinand Bol and and David Hockney.


Featuring stories of passion and romance, scandal and tragedy, creative commitment and eventual heartbreak, this book explores some of the greatest works of art and the most powerful love stories in history. Highlighting the changing ideas of love from the sixteenth century to the present day, the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, illustrates portraiture’s role in the creation, celebration and memorialisation of love, relationships and desire, across a spectrum of diversity and difference.

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