An experiment in thinking and in art: a philosopher, a participant from the public, and an artist, meet together to talk about the limits of the concept of love as a philosophical notions. The result is beautifully captured in the featured film video below!
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From devotional paintings to modern day romcoms, we seek and celebrate love. But what exactly is ‘love’, how is it represented in our beloved masterpieces, and can paintings inspire it in us? Some think that love is indefinable, an elusive, magical, even fragile feeling that can be damaged by too much scrutiny. Others assume it is the greatest good. Given the range of relationships that fall under the banner of love – maternal, sibling, friendship, sexual, platonic it’s no wonder we are confused. How can pictures help us understand love better? How are artists representing love today? And where might we turn for an unlikely yet satisfying prediction of the role of love in the future? Join philosophers, writers and artists to debate these questions.
Organised in partnership with The Centre for Philosophy and Art (CPA), King’s College London, this panel discussion is the fourth in a series exploring the relationship between the National Gallery collection, as well as art more widely, and our emotions.
Art and the emotions – Love – A panel event at The National Gallery on Friday 25 November, 17:00 (2022). The event involves a film and a discussion exploring the different ways love is represented and experienced in art.