Not interested Valentine’s day? Try out our ultimate tour of artworks to see on display at Tate Britain and Tate Modern - where self-reflection, war and hedonism are a guaranteed antidote to romance
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- Monkeys and Dogs Playing 1661, Francis Barlow. Room: 1650 at Tate Britain
What’s not to like?
- The Painter and his Pug 1745, William Hogarth. Room: 1730 at Tate Britain
Here the pug is a symbol of Hogarth’s pugnacious character. What dog would you be?
- The Death of Major Peirson, 6 January 1781 1783, John Singleton Copley. Room: 1780 at Tate Britain
Movement, colour, and the dramatic tale of a modern noble hero expiring at the scene of battle.
- The Great Day of His Wrath 1851–3, John Martin. Room: 1840 at Tate Britain
There’s nothing lovey-dovey about this.
- An Athlete Wrestling with a Python 1877, Frederic, Lord Leighton. Room: 1840 at Tate Britain
The athlete draws the serpent, like a bow about to be sprung from an arrow.
- No Feelings 1977, Jamie Reid. Room: Works on paper 20th century at Tate Britain
The creator of the Sex Pistols’s album covers and artwork tells it like it is.
- The Three Dancers 1925, Pablo Picasso. Room: Beyond Surrealism (Room 2) at Tate Modern
Love, sex and death are connected in an ecstatic dance.
- Metamorphosis of Narcissus 1937, Salvador Dali. Room: Surrealism and Beyond (Room 2) at Tate Modern
Narcissus was a young beauty who loved just himself and broke many hearts. Remember what we said about narcissism?
- Russian Revolutionary Posters, Level 2: Room 5 at Tate Modern
Nothing doesn’t say ‘I love you’ like colourful propaganda.
- Cage (1) – (6) 2006, Gerhard Richter. Room: Gerhard Richter (Room 11) at Tate Modern
Get lost in a blurred abstraction of colour, or be inspired to paint with a home-made squeegee.