Dicksee's Romeo and Juliet voted 'most romantic' work of art

  • 10 February 2012

To celebrate Valentine's Day the only way the Art Fund knows how, we've discovered your favourite 'romantic' work of art on display in the UK.

To celebrate Valentine's Day the only way the Art Fund knows how, we've discovered your favourite 'romantic' work of art on display in the UK.

We asked over 2,000 Brits and an astounding 71% of you of polled by YouGov decided Frank Bernard Dicksee’s Romeo and Juliet got you in the mood for love the most!

The painting, which can be seen at Southampton City Art Gallery, depicts the parting scene of Romeo and Juliet after their wedding night and the last time they will see one another alive.

Romeo and Juliet was followed by Rodin’s The Kiss, ArtFunded for Tate Britain in 1953 and currently on show at the Turner Contemporary in Margate which has just been longlisted for the Art Fund Prize 2012.

So without further ado, your top ten most romantic paintings on display in the UK are as follows and you can see the ArtFunded works in the gallery above... Happy Valentine's Day!

1. Frank Bernard Dicksee: Romeo and Juliet, 1884, Southampton City Art Gallery

2. Auguste Rodin: The Kiss, 1901-04, Turner Contemporary, Kent (ArtFunded in 1953)

3. William Hogarth: Before / After, 1730-31, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (ArtFunded in 1964)

4. Nicolas Poussin: Rinaldo & Armida, c. 1628-30, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

5. Fragonard: The Swing, c. 1767, Wallace Collection, London (Frame was ArtFunded in 1974)

6. Jan van Eyck: The Arnolfini Portrait, 1434, National Gallery, London

7. Diego Velazquez: The Rokeby Venus, 1647-51, National Gallery, London (ArtFunded in 1906)

8. Sandro Botticelli: Venus and Mars, c.1485, National Gallery, London

=9. Titian: Bacchus and Ariadne, 1520-23, National Gallery, London

=9. Paul Gauguin: Nevermore, 1897, Courtauld Gallery, London

Need some inspiration for Valentine's Day? Check out our romantic date suggestions.

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