On Valentine’s Day, A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words

Wondering how to share your love tomorrow, on Valentine’s Day? Sometimes an image speaks louder than a thousand words...

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this weekend, the Google Cultural Institute team have gathered dozens of masterpieces on the theme of love and romance in a unique collection. Join us as we journey across countries, cultures and time and through love’s many manifestations, and share your favourite pieces with your loved ones. From Banksy to Van Gogh to Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, you’ll see a wide range of artwork in our collection.

For this special day, we’ve even digitised in ultra-high resolution one of the most famous kisses in the history of art: Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. The two figures are are on a flower-strewn meadow, gently ascending from the abyss and protected by a halo of shimmering gold. Now, you can zoom in to brushstroke level and discover the painting’s delicate layers of gold leaf and the details of the meadow.
For other smooching styles, take a minute to enjoy Renoir’s Country Dance, or kisses by Anh Chang Hong, Edvard Munch and Giovanni Giuliani!
Explore the collection to find the masterpiece that best expresses your mood. Why not invite your love for a walk in the fields or an afternoon in the park, or to share a meal? Don’t just stand there day-dreaming or writing love letters - let your hair down at a wedding or a party! And if you are looking for a nice topic of conversation for dinner, explore how people have sent Valentines wishes over the years, from handwritten letters to telegrams to Twitter and Instagram.
Still not had your fix of romance? Escape to The Museum of Innocence in Turkey to discover the deeply moving love story of Kémal and Füsun. Orhan Pamuk conceived The Museum of Innocence, a love story set between 1974 and the early 2000s, as both a book and a museum. Combined, the two paint a picture of life in Istanbul through the memories and flashbacks of two families.
And there are plenty more masterpieces that could help you express your feelings. Explore the thousands of documents and artworks put online by our 600 global Cultural Institute partners.

In the words of Leo Tolstoy: "There are as many kinds of love as there are hearts”. So enjoy the visit and spread the love… and the art at google.com/culturalinstitute/project/love