All freshly loved-up but no plans for Valentine’s Day? Try out our tour of artworks to see at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, where’ll you find erocticism, outright passion and desire, but also a hint of mystery
1. Lady Anne Pope 1615, Robert Peake. Room 1540 at Tate Britain
Notice the embroidered carnations, roses and strawberries - all symbols of love.
2. Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit circa 1620-5, Sir Nathaniel Bacon. Room 1540 at Tate Britain.
The words ripe and voluptuous come to mind.
3. The Lady of Shalott 1888, John William Waterhouse. Room: 1840 at Tate Britain
Upon looking directly at the handsome knight Lancelot, a curse comes upon her. Watch out ladies.
No words needed here.
5. The Garden Enclosed 1924, David Jones. Room: 1910 at Tate Britain.
Here the painter Jones is with his fiancee Petra Gill.
6. The Third Love Painting 1960, David Hockney. Room: 1950 at Tate Britain
With scribbled phrases from the lavatory walls of Earl’s Court tube station - spot ‘ring me anytime at home’.
7. Spanish Landscape with Mountains circa 1924, Dora Carrington. Room: Realisms (Room 10) at Tate Modern
Round mountains near gorges, and hot hot heat.
8. Nude, Green leaves and Bust (also known as Bust Nude with Sculptor’s Turntable) 1932, Pablo Picasso. Room: The Reclining Nude (Room 7) at Tate Modern
A reclining Marie-Thérèse Walter (Picasso’s mistress) flanked by a secretive curtain.
9. Water-Lilies after 1916, Claude Monet. Room: Elegies (Room 10) at Tate Modern
Does it get more romantic than this?
10. Red on Maroon 1959, Mark Rothko. Room: Mark Rothko (Room 6) at Tate Modern
Take a moment to stop, sit down, and you’ll see what we mean.