Aert van der Neer, (Dutch, 1603-1677), Young Men Playing "Kolf" in a Winter Landscape, ca. 1665-1675, oil on canvas, Museum purchase, with funds provided by the Wunsch Americana Foundation. (79.1)_x1200
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Love & Romance

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we can look to the museum’s collection for portrayals of love and romance. Some of my personal favorites include: “La Declaration d’amour” by Jean François de Troy (circa 1724), Robert Indiana’s “Love” series (1982), and a Peruvian ceramic blackware entitled “Two Lovers” (19th century). I also find the photograph “Le Muguet du metro” (1953)  by Robert Doisneau interesting because while it seems romantic that the woman is holding a bouquet of flowers, the couple’s relationship looks very…

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