Valentine's Day is upon us again. Commercial though it may be, I have always liked this holiday. I'll take any excuse to celebrate love!
This year, I am organizing a Valentine's Day get together at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. I've crafted some love-themed activities and mapped out the paintings that depict love in various forms.
Here are some love-related European artworks that I scouted out at the museum!
Falling in Love
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Apelles Painting the Portrait of Campaspe, Condesa de Castelblanco, about 1726, oil on canvas
The Dangers of Seduction
Andrea Mantegna, Judith with the Head of Holofernes, about 1500, tempera and gold on linen canvas
Pieter Bruegel the Younger, Return from the Inn, about 1620, oil and tempera on panel
An Allegory of Chaste Love
Nicolas de Largillierre, Portrait of a Woman as Astrea, Probably Mary Josephine Drummond, about 1710-1712, oil on canvas
Sébastien Bourdon, Landscape with Classical Ruins, about 1635, oil on canvas
Thomas Gainsborough, Rustic Courtship, about 1758, oil on canvas
The Act of Love
Jean-Jacques Feuchère, Leda and the Swan, about 1850, bronze
Address: 1380 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal ∣ Métro: Station Peel or Station Guy-Concordia (Green Line) ∣ Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, major exhibition open until 9pm on Wednesday