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Though the artist, Emil Doerstling, is of some note himself, he’s much less interesting than the subject of this, his 1890 painting Preußisches Liebesglück

Only relatively recently recognized as Gustav Sabac el Cher and his wife Gertrude Perlig, the pair embrace warmly. Sabac el Cher, born in Berlin to a man who’d been kidnapped in Egypt by a Prussian prince, would go on to become an important and well-known military musician, as the Deutches Historisches Museum writes.

This beautiful painting of him with his wife seemed a fitting choice for the day—happy Saint Valentine’s, dear reader!