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Apulian Red-Figure Chous (Shape 3) (Getty Museum)
Kallisto, a follower of the goddess Artemis, was supposed to remain chaste, but Zeus, king of the gods, had other things in mind and successfully seduced her. When her pregnancy was ultimately discovered, Artemis (or Hera, depending on the version of the story) was enraged and turned Kallisto into a bear. Here she is shown in the moment of transformation—with pointy ears, claw-like hands, and hairy arms. Apulian Red-Figure Chous, Greek (Apulian), about 360 B.C. Terracotta. J. Paul Getty Museum.
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Robert Doisneau (France, 1912 - 1994) Wedding Ribbon, 1951, printed 1981 Photograph, Gelatin-silver print, 10 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (26.04 x 24.13 cm) Gift of anonymous donor, Los Angeles (AC1999.233.54)
Apollo and Daphne (Getty Museum)
"Apollo and Daphne," Jan Boeckhorst, about 1640. Black chalk, pen and brown ink, watercolor, and white gouache heightening. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California | This drawing depicts a crucial moment in a myth from Ovid's Metamorphoseswhena nymph, Daphne, is transformed into a laurel tree to escape the advances of the love-struck god Apollo.
Couple at Coney Island (Getty Museum)
"Couple at Coney Island," Walker Evans, 1928. Gelatin silver print. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California | Coney Island became a getaway synonymous with freedom and escape from the societal restrictions of early twentieth-century life. Lovers flocked to the attraction to frolic and become lost amidst the crowds and displays that were much more daring than they.
Venus and Mars (Getty Museum)
"Venus and Mars," Palma il Giovane, about 1605 - 1609. Oil on canvas. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California | Palma Il Giovane perpetuated many elements of Tintoretto's style, such as the sexual magnetism that galvanizes this entire canvas.
The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis (Getty Museum)
"The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis," Jacques-Louis David, 1818. Oil on canvas. J. Paul Getty Museum | The ill-fated lovers say farewell in a grotto on Calypso's island. In the 1699 French novel Les Aventures de Télémaque, loosely based on characters from the Odyssey, the author Fénelon describes how Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, fell passionately in love with the beautiful nymph Eucharis. His duty as a son, however, required that he end their romance to search for his missing father.
The Parting of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere (Getty Museum)
"The Parting of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere," Julia Margaret Cameron. 1874. Albumen silver print. | And then they were agreed upon a night (When the good King should not be there) to meet And part forever, Passion-pale they met And greeted; hands in hands, and eye to eye, Low on the border of her couch they sat Stammering and staring; it was their last hour, A madness of farewells. - "Idylls of the King," by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Bird Catchers (Getty Museum)
"The Bird Catchers," François Boucher, 1748. Oil on canvas. | In the 1700s, small birds played an important symbolic role in courtship ritual: the gift of a caged bird from a man to a woman signified her capture of his heart. Posed in front of the ruins of a temple to Vesta, young aristocratic women dressed in exquisite finery play with small birds; some still hold them on strings while others daintily hold them on their fingers.
Glaucus and Scylla (Getty Museum)
"Glaucus and Scylla," Laurent de La Hyre, about 1640 - 1644. Oil on canvas. | The sea god Glaucus pulls aside his beard, revealing Cupid's arrow protruding from his chest. Looking up, he sees the maiden Scylla on a rocky cliff and pronounces his love for her.
Case Bottle with an Amorous Couple and a Lady with a Deer | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Case Bottle with an Amorous Couple and a Lady with a Deer, first half 18th century. Indian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1921 (21.26.11)
The Fountain of Love (Getty Museum)
"The Fountain of Love," Jean-Honoré Fragonard, about 1785. Oil on canvas. | The story of the Garden of Love, an allegory of the nature and progress of love that has its origins in the poetry of classical antiquity and the Middle Ages, centers on this Fountain of Love. The fountain brings forth the water in which Cupid dips his arrows or from which lovers drink and fall in love.