“In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love” – Tennyson
With that in mind, here is a romantic treasure hunt to guide you through the art of love in the UMFA galleries.
1. DATING…is sometimes difficult
Locate: The Music Party in the European, 17th and 18th Century gallery
Did you know… In art, the mandolin is sometimes a symbol for seduction.
Find: Besides the mandolin, what other instrument is shown in this painting? ____________________________
2. DATING… is sometimes delightful
Locate: Elegant Couples Dancing in a Landscape in the European, 15th and 16th Century gallery
Did you know… It was once believed that the man on the left was Henry VIII, who was of course an experienced dater.
Find: Who is the artist? ____________________________
3. DATING…sometimes takes a long time
Locate: Umamahesvara (Shiva and Parvati) in the Asian (India) gallery
Did you know… it took Parvati over 1000 years to win Shiva’s heart.
Find: What animal is Shiva riding? ___________________
Locate: The sculpture of Aphrodite in the Greek and Roman galleries
Did you know… Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was said to have been born out of the sea foam.
Find: What animal is also sculpted with Aphrodite? ________________________
Locate: Portrait of a Young Man Weaving a Wreath of Flowers in the European, 15th and 16th Century gallery
Did you know… The red carnations are a symbol of marriage, but the blue bachelor button flowers tell us he is not married yet.
Find: How many blue bachelor buttons are in this painting? _________
Locate: Emperor and Empress in the Asian (China) gallery
Did you know… The dragon on the Emperor’s chair and the phoenix on the Empresses chair are traditional Chinese symbols for a bride and groom?
Find: Which dynasty are these carvings from?______________________
Locate: All nude artworks in the UMFA
Did you know… The nude figure in art is one of the oldest subject matters. It is found in art throughout the world and throughout time.
Find: Intimacy involves seeing your partner naked. How many nude figures are depicted in artwork at the UMFA?