Talk: Gallery Tour: The Art of Looking—Romance in To Rome and Back

12:30 pm | Thu, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day, celebrated on February 14, marks the feast day of St. Valentine, but the imagery and lore related to this celebration stretch to ancient Rome. Pre-Christian stories of romantic love, including Venus and Cupid, have combined with church traditions to create a special day marked with myths, stories, and customs that have circulated around the world. The current special exhibition, To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500–1800, includes many art works depicting tales of romantic love and loss. This conversation-based tour will take visitors from ancient Rome to the 17th century, looking at sculptures, paintings, and other art work that tell some of these stories. Director of adult programs Mary Lenihan will lead the tour.

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Image: Guido Reni, Bacchus and Ariadne (detail), c. 1619–20, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of The Ahmanson Foundation, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

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