Venus and Mars, Sandro Botticelli, c. 1485, Love, Jp. A. Calosse

Falling in Love (Love – English version)

The text below is the excerpt of the book Love (ASIN: B00IODLLKS), written by Jp. A. Calosse, published by Parkstone International.

The representations of Love in Western art are unnumerable: loving emotion, agonies of the soul, melancholy … Love is an inexhaustible subject, handled in an original way according to the perception and lives of the artists and the writers of any time.

This work chooses to give a major place to the emotion, to praise the loving happiness. By representing the theme through a hundred and twenty pieces extending from the Middle Ages to the end of the Modern period, it proves the timelessness of love.

Adam and Eve, Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), c. 1550, Love, Jp. A. Calosse
Adam and Eve, Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), c. 1550. Oil on canvas, 176 x 191 cm. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

We invite you to admire the legendary sculptures such as the Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, Antonio Canova’s Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss or Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss.

Auguste Rodin, The Kiss, 1888-188, Love, Jp. A. Calosse
Auguste Rodin, The Kiss, 1888-1889. Marble, 138.6 x 110.5 x 118.3 cm. Musée Rodin, Paris.

Among other mythical paintings, you will find Antoine Watteau’s The Pilgrimage on the Island of Cythera, Jean Honoré Fragonard’s The Swing or still Marc Chagall’s The Lovers in Blue. Every major artist who has celebrated the feeling of love is gathered here under your eyes.

Apollo and Daphne, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1622-1625. Marble, height: 243 cm. Galleria Borghese, Rome.

And what is more appropriate than poetry to illustrate this picturesque panorama? From Ovid to Verlaine, the biggest names of the literature knew how to make Eros speak.

In prose or in verse, their texts crossed the time by revealing one thousand and one faces of love. From Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Beaudelaire’s A Hemisphere in a Head of Hair, passing by Goethe’s To the Distant One, this book invites you thus for a discovery or for a rediscovery of the most famous passages of the Western literature.

Europa, Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), 1559-1562, Love, Jp. A. Calosse
Europa, Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), 1559-1562. Oil on canvas, 185 x 205 cm. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

Come! an Unseen Flute

Come! an unseen flute

Sighs in the orchards.

The most peaceful song

Is the song that shepherds sing.

The wind beneath the ilex

Ruffles the waters’ dark mirror.

The most joyous song

Is the song that birds sing.

Let no worry torment you.

Let us love! Let us always love!

The most sweet song

Is the song that lovers sing.

— Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Adam and Eve, Albrecht Dürer, 1504, Love, Jp. A. Calosse
Adam and Eve, Albrecht Dürer, 1504. Engraving, 25.1 x 20 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

She Walks in Beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes:

Thus mellowed to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impaired the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress,

Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express

How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent!

— Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Flora and Zephyr, Jacopo Amigoni, 1748, Love, Jp. A. Calosse
Flora and Zephyr, Jacopo Amigoni, 1748. Oil on canvas, 213.4 x 147.3 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

To the Distant One

And have I lost thee evermore?

Hast thou, oh fair one, from me flown?

Still in mine ear sounds, as of yore,

Thine ev’ry word, thine ev’ry tone.

As when at morn the wand’rer’s eye

Attempts to pierce the air in vain,

When, hidden in the azure sky,

The lark high o’er him chaunts his strain:

So do I cast my troubled gaze

Through bush, through forest, o’er the lea;

Thou art invoked by all my lays;

Oh, come then, loved one, back to me!

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

From Goethe: Poetical Works, vol. 1

An Allegory with Venus and Cupid, Agnolo Bronzino, 1540-1550. Oil on wood, 146.5 x 116.8 cm. National Gallery, London.

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