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Love-struck objects, artifacts and artwork from the Smithsonian museums for #valentinesday
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a painting of red flowers with green leaves
Strawberry Bush-"Hearts Bustin' with Love" (Euonymus Americanus)
Strawberry Bush-"Hearts Bustin' with Love" (Euonymus Americanus), 1930, Mary Vaux Walcott, watercolor on paper, 10 x 6 7/8 in. (25.3 x 17.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1970.355.219
a drawing of a man with a heart on his chest and an arrow in his hand
King of Hearts (costume design for Alice-in-Wonderland, 1915
King of Hearts (costume design for Alice-in-Wonderland, 1915, William Penhallow Henderson, watercolor and pencil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alice H. Rossin, 1982.1.15
an old drawing of a woman holding a heart
Queen of Hearts (costume design for Alice-in-Wonderland)
Queen of Hearts (costume design for Alice-in-Wonderland), William Penhallow Henderson, watercolor and pencil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alice H. Rossin, 1982.1.16
an embroidered heart hanging on a chain with tassels and beadwork work
Beaded Heart
Beaded Heart, ca. 1890, Unidentified Seneca/Iroquois Artist, glass beads on velvet, cotton, and paper, overall: approx. 20 x 10 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (50.8 x 27.3 x 7.0 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.355
an old black and white drawing of people
St. Valentine's Day--The Old Story in All Lands, from Harper's Weekly, February 22, 1868
St. Valentine's Day--The Old Story in All Lands, from Harper's Weekly, February 22, 1868, 1868, Winslow Homer, wood engraving on paper, image: 13 5/8 x 9 in. (34.6 x 22.9 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Ray Austrian Collection, gift of Beatrice L. Austrian, Caryl A. Austrian and James A. Austrian, 1996.63.66
a white marble statue of a boy with wings
Poor Cupid
Poor Cupid, modeled ca. 1872, carved 1876, Edmonia Lewis, marble, 27 x 13 3/4 x 12 1/4 in. (68.6 x 34.9 x 31.1 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alfred T. Morris, Sr., 1984.156
Heart Ring, ca. 1905-1935, Florence Koehler, enameled gold and sapphires, 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. (0.7 x 2.7 cm.) diam., Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mary Elizabeth Sharpe, 1981.105.3 English Jewelry, Interior Decorator, Design Movements, Gold Bangles Design, Art Nouveau Jewelry, Royal Jewels, Bangle Designs, Arts And Crafts Movement
Heart Ring
Heart Ring, ca. 1905-1935, Florence Koehler, enameled gold and sapphires, 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. (0.7 x 2.7 cm.) diam., Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mary Elizabeth Sharpe, 1981.105.3
a red heart shaped vase with horns sticking out of it's center, against a black background
Sacred Heart of Healing
Sacred Heart of Healing, 2000, Tim Tate, 16 x 8 x 4 in. (40.6 x 20.3 x 10.2 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist in memory of his mother, Patricia Tate, 2001.7A-C
Giving your valentine cold hard cash for Valentine's Day is tacky--unless it's jewelry made from coins! Cold Hard Cash, Copper Coins, Love Token, Silver Pin, Sweet Nothings, Half Dollar, Happy Valentine's Day, Hexagon Shape, Happy Valentine's
Love tokens: Where cold, hard cash and romance meet
Giving your valentine cold hard cash for Valentine's Day is tacky--unless it's jewelry made from coins!
an image of a fairy with flowers on it's wings and wreath around her waist
A lush valentine and family treasure
This valentine was printed in Germany. Elaborate die-cut motifs and multiple colors were specialties of the German printing industry. And the card wasn't cheap!
an old advertisement for child's soap with roses on the front and back side
Beyond the basic Valentine's bouquet: Botanical models, flower x-rays, and Robert Burns roses
Robert Burns Roses are each named after a song by the Scottish poet.
a white and yellow flower with red stamens sitting on top of a black surface
Beyond the basic Valentine's bouquet: Botanical models, flower x-rays, and Robert Burns roses
Roses are red, violets are blue, pharmacy students studied botanical models like this until the 1920s. Microscopes were expensive!
A 1930s radiographer produced beautiful x-ray images of flowers, like this Amazon Lily. Want one in your Valentine's bouquet? Amazon Lily, Lily Images, Xray Art, Art Walk, Flower Show, Flower Images, Flower Beauty, X Ray
Beyond the basic Valentine's bouquet: Botanical models, flower x-rays, and Robert Burns roses
A 1930s radiographer produced beautiful x-ray images of flowers, like this Amazon Lily. Want one in your Valentine's bouquet?
What to give your sweetheart on the World War II homefront when most metals were rationed? Sweetheart jewelry was often made of non-rationed materials. Sweetheart Jewelry, Collections Of Objects, Merchant Marine, The Division, Vintage Jewels, Armed Forces, Division
The fashion, patriotism, and romance of World War II sweetheart jewelry
What to give your sweetheart on the World War II homefront when most metals were rationed? Sweetheart jewelry was often made of non-rationed materials.
a handwritten letter written in red ink on white paper with pink lipstick imprints
Last page from a letter by artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) to Emmy Lou Packard, 24 October 1940, Emmy Lou Packard papers, ca. 1900-90. From the archived Smithsonian traveling exhibition "More Than Words: Illustrated Letters from the Archives of American Art." From the @Archives of American Art