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Lovers in art
Adler, Sabine, 1959-
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Publication Information:
Munich ; London : Prestel, [2002]

Physical Description:
95 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes "Index of Plates".
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NX650.L68 A35 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Drawing on five centuries of artistic expression, this lushly illustrated and beautifully designed celebration of romance is the perfect keepsake for lovers young and old. How many ways can you paint a kiss? Ask Picasso, Lichtenstein, Toulouse-Lautrec, Klimt, and Fragonard. Rediscover mythology's great love stories through the works of Botticelli, Correggio, Titian, and Canova. Meet ordinary and extraordinary couples in paintings by Kahlo, Van Eyck, Rubens, Rembrandt, Freud, and Rossetti. These are just some of the bounty of artists collected in this glorious book, featuring brilliantly colored reproductions and love-inspired writings. Organized to show the progression of love from first meeting to marriage, this exquisite volume travels the centuries through various artistic traditions. The stories these artists tell are as varied as the works themselves: sentimental, tragic, intellectual, ironic, sensual, and comic. For lovers of art, or just lovers, this book gloriously illustrates the endless facets of love.

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Booklist Review

Readers won't expect this luscious, well-designed, illustrated volume to begin with an insightful discussion of the mores of romance and marriage in Western civilization, and the conflict between sexual passion and lifelong commitment, but that's exactly what art historian Adler provides by way of thought-provoking introduction to her distinctive inquiry into paintings depicting lovers and spouses from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Love sanctioned and illicit, felicitous and tortured, has been the subject of artists as different in context and outlook as Giotto and Picasso, Rubens and Lichtenstein. Here are paintings of classical lovers by Titian and Francois Gerard, Jan Van Eyck's intimate and solemn The Arnolfini Marriage, and Chagall's couples flying high on love. Elsewhere men and women are in the grip of cosmic sensuality and helpless lust: think Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele (Adler wryly follows her graphic Love-Making with Grant Wood's famously dour American Gothic). Not only has Adler selected indelible images that illustrate our dreams of and struggles with love, she pairs each one with enjoyable and illuminating commentary. --Donna Seaman