Saturday, February 13, 2021

Celebrate a 200-year-old Love Story at the National Gallery


Detail from Peter Paul Rubens, 'The Rainbow Landscape', c.1636. © The Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London


Feel the love this Valentine's Day


Get up close to our collection and discover the passionate stories behind our paintings, featuring famous lovers and bows and arrows.

First, celebrate the relationship of two Rubens masterpieces, as they prepare to reunite after 200 years.



Love and punishment © The National Gallery, London

Love and arrows


From Cupid's bow to Odysseus's epic archery skills, discover the meaning of bows and arrows in art with Educator Carlo Corsato.





Lovers in the collection


Detail from Jean-Antoine Watteau, 'The Scale of Love', probably 1717-8 © The National Gallery, London


The warm harmonies of pink, red and brown beautifully illustrates 'The Scale of Love' between these two music lovers.


Detail from Titian, 'Bacchus and Ariadne', 1520-3 © The National Gallery, London


In Titian's famous painting, Bacchus, god of wine, falls in love at first sight with Ariadne and leaps from his chariot towards her.





Detail from Jan van Eyck, 'Portrait of Giovanni(?) Arnolfini and his Wife', 1434 © The National Gallery, London

Treat someone special


Buy a Gift Membership and share a year's worth of amazing art with the one you love. They’ll have six months to activate their Membership when they’re ready – but hurry, this offer ends 15 February.



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