Frederick William Burton, Hellelil and Hildebrand, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, 1864
Jean-Honore Fragonard, The Stolen Kiss, 1787-89
BEST KISSES IN ART
Constantin Brancusi, The Kiss, 1916
Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1907-08
Rene Magritte, The Lovers, 1926
Marc Chagall, The Birthday, 1915
Francesco Hayez, The Kiss, 1859
Auguste Rodin, The Kiss, 1901-04
Rene Magritte, 1926, The Lovers
J. C. Leyendecker, 1923, The Butterfly Couple
In the Garden by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1885
This classic Shakespearean romantic pairing doesn’t really need an introduction. There are so many visual versions of the most famous scenes from this tragic love story, (mainly the infamous balcony meeting and the devastating death scene at the end of the play). These are some of my favourite depictions of both Romeo and Juliet, (there are some lovely paintings of Juliet on her own which I will try and post shortly).
Top to bottom: Sir Frank Dicksee, 1884; Joseph Wright of Derby, c.1790; Ilyas Phaizulline, 2007; Ford Madox Brown, n.d; Konstantin Makovsky, c.1890s
The Death of Ophelia by Eugene Delacroix, 1844. Delacroix uses a chiaroscuro-esque technique here to illuminate Ophelia’s dying and suffering figure.
Dance Me to the End of Love by Jack Vettriano, 1998