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Love and sex

Various aspects of love provide the subject matter for works in the Fitzwilliam. Lust and violence, humour and tenderness, mystery and romance: all are depicted.

Read here about the rape of Lucretia and see Titian's unsettlingly beautiful depiction of the event. Look at a 14th century French manuscript of one of the most influential and popular of medieval love poems, The Romance of the Rose by Guillaume de Loris and Jean de Meun.

And learn about the unconventional love life of the 20th century British painter, Sir Stanley Spencer.

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