Anonymous, French, 18th century French

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This hand-painted missive is an elevated example of the types of expressions of friendship and romance that were popular in late-eighteenth century France. At center is a landscape with medieval-era architecture, as well as clouds, trees, heart blossoms, and a boat and bridge in the foreground. The inclusion of a church suggests that the missive might have functioned as a sacred marriage proposal. Bordering the landscape are delicately rendered flowers that have been pinpricked to evoke depth. Symbolizing love, roses and carnations are particularly common in expressions of love and romance ofthe period.

Valentine, Anonymous, French, 18th century, Ink on vellum

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