Written by CNN Staff
Whether it's couples locked in a tender embrace or a still-life with sensuous qualities, classic oil paintings can have an enduring appeal. And throughout history, artists have used such works to capture the Beauty and passion of love.
While the best of these richly colored masterpieces can inspire feelings of romance at any time of year, Valentine's Day is a fitting time to revisit them.
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Scroll through the gallery above to view "The Kiss" and nine other romantic oil paintings from art history.
Jake Wallis Simons, Chris Dwyer and Forrest Brown contributed to the article and gallery of images.
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