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National Portrait Gallery, London

17 September 2022
— 8 January 2023
Love Stories – Art, passion & tragedy
More than 100 portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, London
This exhibition is an ode to love in all its forms. From romantic love to the obsession artists have with their muses, from love tragedies to love that triumphs against all odds. Over 100 portraits tell the stories of the world’s most beautiful and high-profile love stories. Together, they paint a moving picture of how love and desire have influenced portraiture over the centuries; from 16th-century paintings to contemporary photography. Come face-to-face with famous romantic couples like Oscar Wilde & Lord Alfred Douglas and John Lennon & Yoko Ono, and meet famous artists like Anthony van Dyck, Lee Miller, Ferdinand Bol and David Hockney.
New collaborations
A host of couples
Masterpieces from the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Dutch National Portrait Gallery
Love Stories
Portraits depicting love
Nothing is what it seems... discover the stories behind the portraits here.

Love stories

The exhibition reveals the love stories behind the portraits. From romantic and passionate escapades to turbulent love histories marked by drama and loss. Nothing is what it seems... discover the stories behind the portraits here.

Looking for love 

This is not a romantic couple. So what are we looking at here? An eighteenth-century marriage advertisement. Or, in other words, an unusual portrait by Angelica Kauffman depicting the wealthy Thomas Jenkins and his niece Anna Maria Jenkins. The message of this work? Anna Maria is looking for the man of her dreams...

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Anna Maria Jenkins and Thomas Jenkins Angelica Kauffmann (1790)

Forbidden love 

This intriguing photograph is of the brilliant playwright Oscar Wilde and his beloved Lord Alfred Douglas. Wilde’s love and sexual orientation proved fatal to him and led to a tragic end.

National Portrait Gallery, London
Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas Gillman & Co (1893)

Hollywood love

The Hollywood love story of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier is remembered today as one full of passion, romance, betrayal and heartbreak. This beautiful portrait of the world-famous acting duo seems relaxed and cavalier  but there is more to this work.

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Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh Yousuf Karsh (1954)
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