The image of AMOR first appeared in a 1995 painting, Lust Family Portrait (AMOR/LOVE/EROS/LUST), and in 1998 Indiana conceived his series of limited edition AMOR sculptures. AMOR was the second of Indiana’s foreign language LOVE sculptures, the first being AHAVA (the Hebrew word for love), which he conceived in 1977. Like the LOVE sculptures, the Spanish version employs a quadripartite composition and a tilted “O,” and has been executed in different sizes and color combinations.
A 96-inch red yellow AMOR entered the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. in 2012, and is on display in the Sculpture Garden. A 72-inch red blue AMOR was installed at the top of the grand staircase outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the occasion of Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to the U.S. It is in now permanently installed in Philadelphia’s Sister Cities Park at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.