Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

The starting point for the exhibition is a 17th century bestseller: Amorum Emblemata (Emblems of Love) by Rubens’ teacher Otto van Veen, which was published in Antwerp  in 1608. It is a book of witty verse about love. Referencing classical literature, the etchings and texts describe the mischief caused by the cheeky god of love, Cupid. The popular books with text and pictures were intended primarily for the youth of the time, to introduce them playfully to the powerful emotion before marriage. Cupid’s antics kick off a year in the prints and drawings room devoted to love in three of its many facets.