For your beloved - or yourself

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Friday 10 July 2012
Amy Cooper

Valentine's Day tends to polarise people.  If you're a cynic like me and don't celebrate this manufactured holiday, here are some artworks from our collection that offer a decidedly non-soppy take on love: 

Fiona Pardington, Soft Target I

Louise Weaver, New Romantic (Golden Hare)

John Waterhouse, Lamia*

Gavin Hipkins, Romance: Houhora (Sheep) 2003

*On first glance, Lamia may appear to be a touching, romantic scene between a knight and his fair maiden... but don't worry, it turns out she's a man-eating serpent.

If you're an unabashed romantic, however, you might like to take a look at what's on offer in the Gallery shop:

Even the café's got in on the action:

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The best part about these cookies is that they work equally well for the anti-Valentine's brigade - what better way to protest the day than by symbolically devouring a heart?

Whatever your outlook on romance, we've got you covered here at the Gallery...