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

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  • Robert Peake, 'Lady Anne Pope' 1615

    Robert Peake
    Lady Anne Pope 1615
    Oil on wood
    support: 571 x 445 mm
    Purchased 1955

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  • Sir Nathaniel Bacon, 'Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit' circa 1620-5

    Sir Nathaniel Bacon
    Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit circa 1620-5
    Oil on canvas
    unconfirmed: 1510 x 2475 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1995

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  • John William Waterhouse, 'The Lady of Shalott' 1888

    John William Waterhouse
    The Lady of Shalott 1888
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1530 x 2000 mm frame: 2000 x 2460 x 230 mm
    Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

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  • Eric Gill, 'Ecstasy' 1910-11

    Eric Gill
    Ecstasy 1910-11
    Hoptonwood stone
    object: 1372 x 457 x 228 mm
    Purchased 1982

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  • David Jones, 'The Garden Enclosed' 1924

    David Jones
    The Garden Enclosed 1924
    Oil on wood
    support: 356 x 298 mm frame: 490 x 428 x 38 mm
    Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1975 The estate of David Jones

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  • David Hockney, 'The Third Love Painting' 1960

    David Hockney
    The Third Love Painting 1960
    Oil on hardboard
    support: 1187 x 1187 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund, the Friends of the Tate Gallery, the American Fund for the Tate Gallery and a group of donors 1991 David Hockney 2010

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  • Dora Carrington, 'Spanish Landscape with Mountains' circa 1924

    Dora Carrington
    Spanish Landscape with Mountains circa 1924
    Oil on canvas
    support: 559 x 667 x 21 mm
    Bequeathed by Frances Partridge 2004

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  • Pablo Picasso, 'Nude, Green leaves and Bust (also known as Bust Nude with Sculptor's Turntable)' 1932

    Pablo Picasso
    Nude, Green leaves and Bust (also known as Bust Nude with Sculptor's Turntable) 1932
    Oil paint on canvas
    support: 1640 x 1320 mm
    Lent from a private collection 2011 Succession Picasso/DACS 2011

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  • Claude Monet, 'Water-Lilies' after 1916

    Claude Monet
    Water-Lilies after 1916
    Oil on canvas
    unconfirmed: 2007 x 4267 mm
    Lent by the National Gallery 1997

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  • Mark Rothko, 'Red on Maroon' 1959

    Mark Rothko
    Red on Maroon 1959
    Mixed media on canvas
    support: 2667 x 2388 x 35 mm
    Presented by the artist through the American Federation of Arts 1969 Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/DACS 1998

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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.

4. Ecstasy 1910-11, Eric Gill. Room: 1890 at Tate Britain

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.