'In Love' with Yale Collections

Photos: 'In Love' with Yale Collections

Paolo Schiavo, "An Allegory of Love" (detail), ca. 1440, tempera on panel, Yale University Art Gallery, University Purchase from James Jackson Jarves, 1871.67
Konoe Nobutada, "Waka Byobu (Poetry Screen) of Love Poems," ca. 1610–14, six-panel folding screen, ink on paper, Yale University Art Gallery, Purchased with a gift from Peggy and Richard M. Danziger, LL.B. 1963, and the Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund. 2010.39.1
"Romance Allegories," 1793, watercolor on ivory, one of a pair of ivories attached to a bracelet, Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Caroline Hillman Backlund and Hermione Hillman Wickenden in memory of their mother, Dorothy Woodruff Hillman, 2002.104.1-.2
"Love Charm," Byzantine-Medieval, 18 lines written in Egyptian\Coptic, Yale Papyrus Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
"Ketubah" (detail), marriage contract, manuscript, ink and paint on paper, 20th of Menahem 5671 [1911 August 14], Bombay, India, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
"Valentine," photograph of Emil Burgermeister, mountaineer, and his wife, Fanny, who trekked through the national parks and forests of California, Oregon, and Washington from the 1910s through the early 1930s. Call number: WA Photos 240.
Sheet music to “Why do fools fall in love?,” words and music by Frank Lymon and George Goldner, Chappell & Co., ca. 1956, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Jonathan Williams, “Graffiti: I love a girl,” photograph, ca. 1978–1995, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, ©Jonathan Williams
"If truest love can gain respect I may a mutual love expect," London, De La Rue, & Co., ca. 1866, lace-paper valentine, with hand coloring, pen and ink, and natural specimen, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Edward Calvert, “The Cyder Feast”, 1828, wood-engraving on thin, smooth, cream Asian paper, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Edward Burne-Jones, "Cupid and Psyche," ca. 1870, watercolor, gouache and pastel on moderately thick, moderately textured, wove paper mounted on linen, Yale Center for British Art, Yale Art Gallery Collection, Mary Gertrude Abbey Fund
Thomas Rowlandson, “The Love Letter,” ca. 1790, watercolor with pen in gray ink over graphite on thick, beige, slightly textured, wove paper, glued to mat, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
William Hilton,"Cupid Armed," ca. 1833, oil on board, Yale Center for British Art, Gift of George E. Dix, B.A. 1934, M.A. 1942
A helmut shell (Cassis flammea) with “The Birth of Venus” cameo. The shell is from Florida (date unknown). Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, gift of the Dana Family, 2006.
A coiled marriage gift basket, made by the Pomo of California, late 19th century
A diamond from the Kimberly [sic] Mine, Northern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. Given to the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in 1894 by O.C. Marsh. It measures approximately 6 inches in diameter.
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In celebration of Valentine's Day, YaleNews invited some of the Yale collections to share images of love throughout the centuries.

Inspiration came in all shapes, sizes, and medium from the Yale University Art Gallery, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale Center for British Art, and Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Our selection includes paintings, drawings, jewelry, and objets d'art from a medieval Egyptian love charm to modern-day graffiti art. Explore the collections online or visit Yale’s museums and libraries in person to explore.