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Jul, 29, 2020
Summer lovin’ at PhxArt is officially in full swing thanks to these artworks from our collection that remind us of the five languages of love, as outlined in Gary Chapman’s 1992 self-help guide, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. As you scroll and discover the various ways that human beings can give and receive love, consider the following questions:
What does “love” mean to you?
How do you like to show your friends and family that you care for them?
Does the way you express your love change from person to person?
How do you know if someone loves you? What words or actions do they use?
Words of Affirmation
Sometimes, all we need to hear are some kind and encouraging words to let us know we matter.
In this 17th-century painting, the subject is sharpening his quill to get down to some serious writing. And although the artist identifies his muse as an old philosopher, we like to think this elderly man knows that the key to someone’s heart is a beautifully crafted love letter.
This Japanese woodblock print proves that sometimes, the best part of being in love is just being near each other, whether it’s for Netflix and Uber Eats, or the late 19th-century equivalent—boat watching.
We know what you’re thinking. Where’s the gift in this one? But for this 20th-century painting, featuring a woman quietly working at her dressmaker’s table, we like to imagine there’s a thoughtful significant other behind the scenes who knew that the way to any creative introvert’s heart is the gift of time alone.
Acts of Service
From making the bed to cooking dinner to offering an airport pick-up, a helping hand can be a sure sign of caring and commitment.
In this depiction of Bacchus, Roman god of wine and all things festive, and Ariadne, goddess of passion (and…mazes?), we learn that they are more than two beauties dressed in high thread-count togas. They are two hearts, beating as one.