It always starts out with a kiss. The longer the kiss, the more the attraction lingers. They say, much can be said about a romance from the way lovers share their first kiss. Be it a quick peck on the cheek or a very intimate Eskimo or French kiss, a kiss in any language brings the same kind of butterflies. And so here it is, the big day of kisses on the 13th of February to mark the run-up to Valentine's Week.
We mark the occasion by bringing the most popular kisses in history to celebrate the day!
Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt was one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement, and he is noted for his murals, sketches, and paintings. One of his most famous works is ‘The Kiss’, which was painted between 1908 and 1909 (during his ‘Golden Period’). The masterpiece depicts a couple locked in focused intimacy whilst the rest of the picture dissolves into an extravagant flat pattern.
In 1979, Leonid Brezhnev, a member of the Russian Communist Party, and Eric Honecker, the General Secretary of the German Socialist Party, met in East Germany to celebrate the anniversary of its founding as a Communist nation. During this meeting, the two embraced in what is known as a ‘Kremlin Kiss’; a special form of greeting between the leaders of Communist countries. The photograph became widely circulated throughout international newspapers. In 1990, Dmitri Vrubel, a graffiti artist, created the painting on the Berlin Wall, where it quickly became one of the best-known works of graffiti.
One kiss that has plagued the bedtime stories of children for generations is that of Sleeping Beauty and her prince. The story has continued to be told in different versions and in different languages, with Disney famously making an animated film in 1959. It’s the kiss little girls dream of.
A balcony situated in Verona, Italy, is the setting where Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s two star-crossed lovers share a tryst under the stars. It is here that Romeo and Juliet have their first kiss, one that will spiral their lives out of control and ultimately end in their deaths. This iconic scene is one of Shakespeare’s most renowned. Tourists have traveled to Verona and wed upon the supposed balcony in the hope to relive that magic.
The world’s most famous kiss was captured on film in New York City. This was the day Japan surrendered, effectively ending WWII. This kiss, amid the post-war daytime commotion of Times Square, has stolen the hearts of hopeless romantics around the world. It is the kiss of celebration, with a passion that immortalized its place in the fall of fame.
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