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Art with ♥: Take the AGO Valentine’s Day Tour

February 12th, 2015

LOVE

Whether you’re a long-time member or visiting the AGO for the first time, it’s easy to pass by some of the hundreds of works on display without taking a closer look. This weekend, we’re inviting you celebrate Valentine’s Day with us and see the art through the lens of love. Here are a few places to start your search for romance.

The couple that plays together…

Arent Arentsz (Dutch, 1585/86 - 1631, Skaters on the Amstel, c. 1620, oil on wood, 54.6 x 97.8 cm (21 1/2 x 38 1/2 in.). Bequest of W. Redelmeier, 1956. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.

Arent Arentsz (Dutch, 1585/86 – 1631, Skaters on the Amstel, c. 1620, oil on wood, 54.6 x 97.8 cm (21 1/2 x 38 1/2 in.). Bequest of W. Redelmeier, 1956. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.


Title Skaters on the Amstel
Artist Arent Arentsz
Location Gallery 117


Cupid’s arrow

Jan Brueghel the Elder (Flemish, 1568 - 1625), Allegory of Life (“The Dream of Raphael”), 1595, oil on copper, 35.6 x 51.4 cm (14 x 20 1/4 in.). Gift of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum, in loving memory of Max Tanenbaum, 1986. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.

Jan Brueghel the Elder (Flemish, 1568 – 1625), Allegory of Life (“The Dream of Raphael”), 1595, oil on copper, 35.6 x 51.4 cm (14 x 20 1/4 in.). Gift of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum, in loving memory of Max Tanenbaum, 1986. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.


Title Allegory of Life (“The Dream of Raphael”)
Artist Jan Brueghel the Elder
Location Gallery 121


Forbidden love

Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756 - 1827), Progress of Gallantry or Stolen Kisses Sweetest, 1814, overall (sheet, trimmed to platemark): 32.8 x 23 cm (12 15/16 x 9 1/16 in.), etching with watercolour (hand-colouring) on paper. Gift of J. T. Johnson and Marion Darte Johnson, 1981. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario

Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756 – 1827), Progress of Gallantry or Stolen Kisses Sweetest, 1814, overall (sheet, trimmed to platemark): 32.8 x 23 cm (12 15/16 x 9 1/16 in.), etching with watercolour (hand-colouring) on paper. Gift of J. T. Johnson and Marion Darte Johnson, 1981. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario


Title Progress of Gallantry or Stolen Kisses Sweetest
Artist Thomas Rowlandson
Location Gallery 142, part of the exhibition Art as Therapy (included with admission)


Puppy love

William Hogarth (British, 1697 - 1764), Portrait of a Boy in a Green Coat, c. 1756, oil on canvas, 63.5 x 48.3 cm. Gift of Reuben Wells Leonard Estate, 1936. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.

William Hogarth (British, 1697 – 1764), Portrait of a Boy in a Green Coat, c. 1756, oil on canvas, 63.5 x 48.3 cm. Gift of Reuben Wells Leonard Estate, 1936. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.


Title Portrait of a Boy in a Green Coat
Artist William Hogarth
Location Gallery 140, part of the exhibition Pets and Me: Explore, Imagine, Create in the Kids’ Gallery (included with admission)


The bouquet you deserve

Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (French, 1634 - 1699), Still Life: Flowers, 17th century,  oil on canvas, 114.9 x 89.5 cm. Bequest of Miss L. Aileen Larkin, 1967. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.

Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer
(French, 1634 – 1699),
Still Life: Flowers, 17th century, oil on canvas, 114.9 x 89.5 cm. Bequest of Miss L. Aileen Larkin, 1967. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.


Title Still Life: Flowers
Artist Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer
Location Gallery 125


Splendour in the grass

François Boucher (French, 1703 - 1770), Les Sabots (The Wooden Shoes), 1768, oil on canvas, overall: (Sight, major and minor axis, oval): 62.2 x 52.1 cm (24 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.). Purchase, Frank P. Wood Endowment, 1978. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.

François Boucher (French, 1703 – 1770), Les Sabots (The Wooden Shoes), 1768, oil on canvas, overall: (Sight, major and minor axis, oval): 62.2 x 52.1 cm (24 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.). Purchase, Frank P. Wood Endowment, 1978. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.


Title Les Sabots (The Wooden Shoes)
Artist François Boucher
Location Gallery 134, part of the exhibition Art as Therapy (included with admission)


The single life

John William Waterhouse (born Rome, Italy, 1849; died London, England, 1917), “I am half sick of shadows,” said the Lady of Shalott, 1915, oil on canvas, 100.3 x 73.7 cm. Gift of Mrs. Philip B. Jackson, 1971. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.

John William Waterhouse (born Rome, Italy, 1849; died London, England, 1917), “I am half sick of shadows,” said the Lady of Shalott, 1915, oil on canvas, 100.3 x 73.7 cm. Gift of Mrs. Philip B. Jackson, 1971. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.


Title “I am half sick of shadows,” said the Lady of Shalott
Artist John William Waterhouse
Location Gallery 134, part of the exhibition Art as Therapy (included with admission)


A love for the ages

Dogon Artist, Mali, Seated Couple, possibly 1800s or earlier, wood with applied coatings, copper alloy, ferrous metal, 58.0 x 31.0 x 14.0 cm. Gift from the Frum Collection, 1999. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.

Dogon Artist, Mali, Seated Couple, possibly 1800s or earlier, wood with applied coatings, copper alloy, ferrous metal, 58.0 x 31.0 x 14.0 cm. Gift from the Frum Collection, 1999. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.


Title Seated Couple
Artist Dogon Artist, Mali
Location Gallery 249


Put a ring on it

George Theodore Berthon (Canadian, 1806 - 1892), Portrait of Mrs. William Henry Boulton (Harriette), 1846, oil on canvas, Overall: 59.1 x 44.5 cm. Goldwin Smith Collection, Bequest of 1911. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.

George Theodore Berthon (Canadian, 1806 – 1892), Portrait of Mrs. William Henry Boulton (Harriette), 1846, oil on canvas, Overall: 59.1 x 44.5 cm. Goldwin Smith Collection, Bequest of 1911. © 2015 Art Gallery of Ontario.


Title Portrait of Mrs. William Henry Boulton (Harriette)
Artist George Theodore Berthon
Location Gallery 237


Sealed with a kiss

Art Spiegelman, Cover art for “Valentine’s Day,” The New Yorker, February 15, 1993, gouache and watercolor on paper. Copyright © 1993 by Art Spiegelman. Used by permission of the artist and The Wylie Agency LLC.

Art Spiegelman, Cover art for “Valentine’s Day,” the New Yorker, February 15, 1993, gouache and watercolor on paper. Copyright © 1993 by Art Spiegelman. Used by permission of the artist and The Wylie Agency LLC.


Title Cover art for “Valentine’s Day,” the New Yorker, February 15, 1993
Artist Art Spiegelman
Location Gallery 224, part of the exhibition Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective (included with admission)


Wondering what else you can see and do?
See What’s On, grab a bite and a drink in the cafe, have a romantic meal at FRANK or pick up a last-minute gift in shopAGO.


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