Painting Love in the Louvre Collections

François Boucher Cupid’s Target
1758, oil on canvas, 268 x 167 cm
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Gérard Blot / distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Antoine Watteau Nymph and Satyr
ca. 1715-1716, oil on canvas, 73.5 x 107.5 cm
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Stéphane Maréchalle / distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Giovanni Battista Salvi, called Sassoferrato The Sleep of the Infant Jesus
ca. 1640-1685, oil on canvas, 77 x 61 cm
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Stéphane Maréchalle / distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Samuel Van Hoogstraten The Slippers
ca.1655-1662, oil on canvas, 103 x 70 cm
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado / distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Jean-Honoré Fragonard The Bolt
ca. 1777-1778, oil on canvas, 74 x 94 cm
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado / distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Baron François Gérard Cupid and Psyche, also called Psyche Receiving Cupid's First Kiss
1798, oil on canvas, 186 x 132 cm
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Tony Querrec / distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Ary Scheffer The Shades of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta Appear to Dante and Virgil
1855, oil on canvas, 171 x 239 cm
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado / distributed by AMF-DNPartcom

Overview

Love—a basic human emotion has been an important theme in Western art since ancient times. Mythological paintings, based on Greek and Roman myth, and genre paintings of real people in everyday life depicted the passions, desires, and sensual pleasures, as well as the anguish and sorrow, of gods and mortals deeply infatuated with someone special. In religious paintings, God’s expression of unconditional love for humanity and humanity’s love for God were shown to Christians through subjects such as the Holy Family, the crucifixion of Jesus, and the martyrdom of the Saints.
This exhibition will show how Western artists have portrayed love in its many forms through 73 paintings carefully selected from the vast collections of the Musée du Louvre. We invite you on a tour of passionate expressions of love from the 16th century to mid-19th century by some of Europe's preeminent painters.

Date March 1 (Wed.) – June 12 (Mon.), 2023
Closed on Tuesdays
*Open on March 21 (Tue.), May 2(Tue.) and closed on March 22 (Wed.) instead
Opening Hours 10:00-18:00
*10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo
Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo; Musée du Louvre; Nippon Television Network Corporation; The Yomiuri Shimbun; BS Nippon Corporation; Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc.
Under the auspices of Embassy of France / lnstitut français du Japon
With the special sponsorship of Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
With the sponsorship of Taisei Corporation; Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
With the cooperation of Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.; Nippon Express Co., Ltd.; TOKYO MX; TOKYO FM BROADCASTING CO., LTD
With the special cooperation of NIPPON TELEVISION NETWORK EUROPE B.V.
Admission
(tax included)
General 2,100 yen (Adults), 1,400 yen (College students), 1,000 yen (High school students)
  • Visitors who are junior high school students or younger will be admitted for free.
  • Disabled persons (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free upon presenting the Disabled Person’s Booklet or an equivalent form of government-issued ID.
  • Free entrance to the exhibition for high school students from March 18 (Sat.) to March 31 (Fri.), 2023, upon presenting student ID.
  • In order to ease congestion, an Advance Reservation System for "specified date/time tickets" has been implemented. For more information regarding tickets, please visit the ticket page on the exhibition website.(These services are only available in Japanese.)
  • It has been decided that Group Tickets will not be sold for this exhibition.
  • Reduction (100 yen off) applies to visitors who present the ticket stub of a current exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo; Suntory Museum of Art; or Mori Art Museum (Art Triangle Roppongi). Please show the ticket stub at the "Painting Love in the Louvre Collections" exhibition ticket booth.
  • Students, faculty and staff, of “Campus Members”, can view this exhibition for 1,200 yen (students) and 1,900 yen (faculty/staff). Please purchase tickets at the "Painting Love in the Louvre Collections" exhibition ticket booth.
  • Credit card (UC, Master Card, VISA, JCB, AMEX, Diners Club, DISCOVER), e-cash (Suica, PASMO, ICOCA, etc.), iD, J-Debit and Union Pay are available for purchasing tickets.
Inquiries (+81) 47-316-2772 (Hello Dial)

Touring Information

Kyoto: Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art; June 27 (Tue.) – September 24 (Sun.), 2023