The Secret Language of Love: A Visual Treasury of Love Through the Ages

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Chronicle Books, Dec 1, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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The perfect Valentine, this compendium of passion, romance, and desire throughout the ages is packed with a treasure trove of literature, poetry, specially commissioned illustrations, and world-famous works of art ranging from Klimt's Kiss to Manet's Olympia. The lively text explores such classic and provocative themes as eternal love, the definition of beauty, the chemistry of attraction, and the connection between love and sex. From the mythical passions of Greek gods to the discreet romantic practices of Victorian England, this lavish volume traces through the ages the paradigms of love that color our feelings, desires, and fantasies today. Comprehensive sections on signposts of romance, such as the kiss, the courtship, and the wedding, round out the book, making The Secret Language of Love an original and sensuous celebration of the most intense and joyous emotion in our lives.
  

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Contents

lNTRODUCTlON
23
Erotic Love 50
30
Ponfolio
40
Love and Vinue
49
llhtsion and Reality
55
Ponfolio
62
Symptoms of Love
68
First Love
74
Tokens of Love 134
T-34
The Proposal 145
T-45
ARCHETYPES OF LOVE
T-59
Love and Magic 165
T-67
The Kiss 205
T-103
Ponfolio 205
T-109
The Mirrored Self 214
T-121
The Quarrel
T-128

Unrequited Love
81
Love and fealousy
96
THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE
T-7
The Music of Love
T-16
The Paning 252
T-134
The World Well Lost 242
T-142
Love Triangles
T-149
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Megan Tresidder is a journalist whose features have appeared in the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, among other publications. She lives in London.

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