Theme of Love: 26 Most Admired Paintings of Love in Art

The Lovers by Rene Magritte

A round-up list of top paintings of love in art. The theme of “love” is one of the most commonly used metaphors in all artistic mediums. Claude Monet, Edouard Monet, Raja Ravi Varma, Renoir etc. are few of the great artists who have created greatest works of art using love as the central theme.

Christ among Doctors by Albrecht Dürer

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Christ among Doctors by Albrecht Dürer

Christ among doctors is a painting produced by Albrecht Dürer in 1506. There is an inscription which says Opus Quinque Dierum’ meaning ‘Made in five days’ so it is believed that Christ among doctors was completed in just five days.

The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons by Jacques Louis David

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The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons by Jacques Louis David

The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons is a painting produced by Jacques Louis David in 1789. The original title of this painting was too long and goes like this Brutus returning home after having sentenced his sons for plotting a tarquinian restoration and conspiring against roman freedom, the Lictors burnt their bodies to be buried.

Oath of the Horatii by Jacques Louis David

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Oath of the Horatii by Jacques Louis David

Oath of the Horatti is a painting produced by Jacques Louis David in 1784. This painting is from Neoclassical style and thus known to be one of the best among that style. In this painting, a father is holding swords of his son going to war.

Andromache Mourning Hector by Jacques Louis David

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Andromache Mourning Hector by Jacques Louis David

Andromache Mourning Hector is a painting produced by Jacques Louis David in 1783. Achilles killed hector who was Andromache husband and thus she’s mourning over his death while the child gave comfort to his mother. The painting can be viewed at Musée du Louvre, Paris.

The Death of Leonardo da Vinci by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

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The Death of Leonardo da Vinci by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

The Death of Leonardo da Vinci is a painting produced by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in 1818. The french painter painted the death of the greatest artist of all time Leonardo da vinci with king Francis I of France holding his head and receiving his last breath.

Family Reunion by Frederic Bazille

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Family Reunion by Frederic Bazille

Family Reunion is a painting produced by Frederic Bazille in 1867. This painting if tried to be painted in black and white then it’ll certainly pass as photographs. This painting can be viewed at Musee d’Orsay, Paris.

Doni Tondo by Michelangelo Buonarroti

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Doni Tondo by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Doni Tondo is a painting produced by Michelangelo Buonarroti between 1506 and 1507. This painting is also widely known by the name Doni Madonna or The Holy Family. Doni tondo painting is influenced by Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin and Child with St.Anne.

The Lovers by Rene Magritte

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The Lovers by Rene Magritte

The Lovers is a painting produced by Rene Magritte in 1928. The Belgian artist was only 30 years old when she painted The Lovers. In this painting, two figures were shown, one male and the other female locked in an embrace.

The Cradle by Berthe Morisot

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The Cradle by Berthe Morisot

The Cradle is a painting produced by Berthe Morisot in 1872. Exactly after two years, this painting was exhibited at Impressionist exhibition in 1874. The Cradle is Berthe Morisot most famous works of all time and she was the first woman who exhibited a painting.

Madonna and Child and Two Angels by Filippo Lippi

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Madonna and Child and Two Angels by Filippo Lippi

The Madonna and Child and Two Angels is a painting produced by Filippo Lippi around 1465. This painting is regarded as one of the most famous and admired masterpieces of The Renaissance period. This painting can be viewed at Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

The Bolt by Jean Honore Fragonard

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The Bolt by Jean Honore Fragonard

The Bolt is a painting produced by Jean Honore Fragonard around 1778. In this painting, a young man is shown who is reaching the bolt (right hand) in order to detain his loved one. The painting can be viewed at Museum Louvre.

Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian

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Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian

Bacchus and Ariadne is a painting produced by Titian between 1522 and 1523. This painting is one of the prominent masterpieces of Italian Renaissance paintings. This painting tells the story of Ariadne who was the daughter of King Menos and Bacchus who was a god.

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

The Kiss is a painting produced by Gustav Klimt between 1907 and 1908. This painting was developed around the Golden period and it depicts a couple embracing, their bodies entwined in elaborate robes. This painting can be viewed at Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere palace, Vienna.

With Father Lathuille by Édouard Manet

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With Father Lathuille by Édouard Manet

With Father, Lathuille is a painting produced by Édouard Manet in 1879. The subject of this painting was a famous cabaret of father Lathuille and then a restaurant of the Batignolles. This painting can be viewed at Museum of Fine Arts of Tournai.

The Fisherman and the Syren by Frederic Leighton

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The Fisherman and the Syren by Frederic Leighton

The Fisherman and the Syren is a painting produced by Frederic Leighton in 1857. It depicts two figures, one male who is a fisherman and the other female who is Syren and they represents in an embracing position. This painting can be viewed at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, UK.

Sohni Mahiwal by Sobha Singh

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Sohni Mahiwal by Sobha Singh

Sohni Mahiwal is a painting produced by Sobha Singh in 2013. It is regarded as one of the four tragic romances of Punjab, India. Sohni was a heroine who got married to a man, unhappily and at every night swims in the river towards her beloved Mahiwal.

Cupid and Psyche as Children by William Adolphe Bouguereau

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Cupid and Psyche as Children by William Adolphe Bouguereau

Cupid and Psyche as Children is a painting produced by William Adolphe Bouguereau in 1890. The artist depicts Greek mythological figures Cupid and Psyché as children, sharing an embrace and kiss. This painting is currently in a private collection.

The Jewish Bride by Rembrandt

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The Jewish Bride by Rembrandt

The Jewish Bride is a painting produced by Rembrandt in 1667. In this painting, the Dutch artist depicts a Jewish father bestowing a necklace upon his daughter on her wedding day. This painting can be viewed at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Spooning Couple by Ron Mueck

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Spooning Couple by Ron Mueck

Spooning Couple is a sculpture produced by Ron Mueck between 2005 and 2007. It depicts a man and woman lying down together and these both figures are semi naked. This sculpture can be viewed at The FLAG Art Foundation, New York.

Mother and Child in a Boat by Edmund Charles Tarbell

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Mother and Child in a Boat by Edmund Charles Tarbell

Mother and Child in a Boat is a painting produced by Edmund Charles Tarbell in 1892. The artist painted his wife Emeline as the mother and his daughter Josephine as the child in this painting. This painting can be viewed at Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, MA, US.

Honeysuckle Bower by Peter Paul Rubens

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Honeysuckle Bower by Peter Paul Rubens

Honeysuckle Bower is a painting produced by Peter Paul Rubens in 1609. The models represent the self-portrait of Rubens and his first wife Isabella Brant. This painting can be viewed at Alte Pinakothek, Munich.

The Lovers Radha and Krishna in a Palm Grove

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The Lovers Radha and Krishna in a Palm Grove

The Lovers Radha and Krishna in a Palm Grove is a painting produced around 1690 and 1730. It depicts romance and bhakti at the same time, Krishna the lord and Radha the bhakt twined in a dark forest. This painting can be viewed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Birthday by Marc Chagall

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The Birthday by Marc Chagall

The Birthday is a painting produced by Marc Chagall in 1915. This painting depicts Chagalls beloved first wife Bella Rosenfeld and Chagall floating lovingly above is kissing her. This painting can be viewed at Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, MA, US.

There Comes Papa by Raja Ravi Varma

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There Comes Papa by Raja Ravi Varma

There Comes Papa is a painting produced by Raja Ravi Varma in 1893. This painting depicts Mahaprabha Thampuratti of Mavelikara who was the artist daughter is shown holding her daughter. This painting can be viewed at Kowdiar Palace, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, India.

Lovers under an Umbrella in the Snow by Suzuki Harunobu

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Lovers under an Umbrella in the Snow by Suzuki Harunobu

Lovers under an Umbrella in the Snow is a painting produced by Suzuki Harunobu between 1764 and 1772. It depicts lovers strolling in the snow but perhaps a path to a love suicide. The dimension of this painting is 26.6 x 19.8 cm.

The Resurrection: Reunion of Families by Stanley Spencer

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The Resurrection Reunion of Families by Stanley Spencer

The Resurrection: Reunion of Families is a painting produced by Stanley Spencer in 1945. The medium of this painting was the handmade oil painting reproduction on Canvas.

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