Love on Paper


In time for Valentine's Day, The Newberry Library in Chicago has searched through its extensive archives for artifacts of love. Taking suggestions from its staff across many areas of expertise, the library has created an exhibition of works on paper that express love in all its forms over the last eight centuries.

From Dante’s undying passion for Beatrice in the 13th century to an Irving Berlin song about the excitement of kissing an Italian girl, love across the ages is a many splendored and at times exasperating and even malignant thing. We take a loving look at how the ultimate sentiment of the heart has endured in words and pictures.

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Love on Paper opened on Jan. 15 and will be open through April 4. And on Feb. 11, just in time for Valentine's Day, the Newberry will offer a Valentine-making workshop where you can create an original card for your beloved. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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