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Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery

Simon Schama's Face of Britain: The Face of Love

The craving to keep the ones we love close to us never goes away. If they can't be with us, having their likeness can turn absence into presence, divide distance, freeze time and even defy death. Nor is the face of love always for private appreciation, inside every passionate relationship there is the urge to show it off to everyone. Whether presentation oil paintings or private photographs, love portraits reverberate with either the artist or the patron's emotions - whether reciprocated or unrequited.

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11 portraits on display in Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery