Love in Art

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Throughout history, artists have been inspired by the theme of love. Many artists have imbued their own stories of love into their work, while others have been inspired by mythical or imaginative ideas of love. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are exploring different ways artists in our collection portray love.


Tomasz Rut: Passionate Love

Appasionato II

In Spero











Thomasz Rut follows the Classical tradition of painting and is inspired by the artists Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Raphael. He is known for creating sensual and passionate images of couples embracing.


Pino Daeni: Motherly Love

A Place in My Heart

Thinking of You








Like Rut’s paintings, Pino’s work evokes a sense of warmth and nostalgia. However, instead of romantic couples, he often paints mothers and their children sharing intimate and tender moments.


Salvador Dali: Sacred and Profane Love

Mary Gathering Within Her Heart

Away with Him, Away With Him, Impale Him










Salvador Dali painted many tender scenes within his Biblia Sacra series. He depicted the loving relationship between Mary and her son Jesus from his birth until his death on the cross. Yet, Dali often used his wife Gala as a model for female figures, including Mary, in the series. Dali inserted references to his profane love within these sacred images.


Marc Chagall: Courtship and Love

The Joy

The Couple at Twilight












Marc Chagall is known for his poetic and dreamy style of painting. In these two works, he portrays the day to day details of the lives of couples instead of grand moments or gestures of love.


Alfred (Alex) Gockel: Abstract Love

Spirit Lovers

Heart Land











Alex Gockel uses vibrant colors and abstract figures to express life’s joys. Inspired by both the subject and form of jazz, his paintings are spontaneous and exuberant.


Peter Max: Symbols of Love

Sailboat with Heart on Blends 2007 #791

Heart Series


Peter Max’s paintings, like those of Gockel’s convey a sense of warmth and energy due to the bright colors. However, Max relies more on symbols— hearts, flowers, and rainbows— than figures to express the sensation of love.

To discover more about the different ways artists convey love visit the Art of Love exhibition at Baterbys Art Gallery. While there, you can also enjoy our exhibit of Salvador Dali prints from his Biblia Sacra series. Both exhibits will be on display until the end of February. Don’t miss the chance to see two exhibits for the small price of a $5 donation to the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute.  Visit the event pages for each exhibition here and here for more information.