The Worcester Art Museum presents works from the National Portrait Gallery in London

Curator Claire C. Whitner talks about artwork in the ‘Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery’ exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum on Friday.

WORCESTER – ‘Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London’, an exploration of the role of love in some of Western art’s greatest masterpieces, opens at the Worcester Art Museum on Saturday, giving visitors an opportunity rare to discover some of the National Portrait Gallery’s treasures are normally only seen in London.

WAM is the first leg of the international tour organized as the National Portrait Gallery is closed for a major redevelopment.

John Collier's portrait of his wife, Marian Collier, left, is paired with his painting of him painting her in the exhibit.

John Collier’s portrait of his wife, Marian Collier, left, is paired with his painting of him painting her in the exhibit.

The exhibition, which runs until March 13, includes around 100 masterpieces from the London gallery and traces the role of the portrait in the changing face of love, from 16th-century Renaissance painting to contemporary photography.

Portraits include famous couples such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning, and Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson, among others.

The Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $18; $14 for seniors and students and free for 17 and under.

For more information and COVID-19 guidelines, visit worcesterart.org, or call 508-799-4406.

A new exhibition "National Portrait Gallery Love Stories,"  opens Saturday at the Worcester Art Museum.

A new exhibition, “Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery“, opens at the Worcester Art Museum on Saturday.

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Julia P. Cluff