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Selena Gomez and The Weeknd, Art Lovers, Mesmerized by Renaissance Nudes

The world’s newest celebrity couple took their romance to Italy and were transfixed like many lovers before them by Michelangelo’s David and Botticelli’s Venus.


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2017’s hot new celebrity couple has taken their love overseas.

Over the weekend, Selena Gomez and Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, headed to Florence, Italy for a seemingly romantic getaway that involved a trip to the Galleria dell’Accademia, the museum that’s best known as the home of Michelangelo’s David.

The duo appeared hand-in-hand, much to the delight of other iPhone-wielding museum goers, as they perused the works of Renaissance artists like Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Pontormo, Andrea del Sarto, and Allessando Allori. Of course, the pair made a stop at the museum’s main attraction, gazing upon the statue with their arms draped around each other.

Tesfaye later captured—and broadcasted to the world via Instagram Stories—his 24-year-old girlfriend taking in Sandro Botticelli’s famous nude, The Birth of Venus. Another sure must-stop for the pair during their tour: the Accademia’s newly opened Museum of Musical Instruments, home to the Grand Ducal collection of about 50 musical instruments, including a one-of-a-kind tenor viola made by Antonio Stradivari in 1690. Perhaps there will be some classically divined strings come Gomez’s new album?

For her whirlwind afternoon of culture, Gomez dressed in a tiered floral-print dress by Vilshenko, a popular Russian label which has recently been worn on the red carpet by Poppy Delevingne, Florence Welch, and Anne Hathaway, and a pair of Charlotte Olympia heels. Later that evening, the singer switched into a more casual look of jeans and a Rodarte sweatshirt for dinner and a romantic stroll along the Ponte Vecchio.

2016 Was the Year Selena Gomez Finally Embraced High Fashion

January 10th: At the start of the year, Gomez made an entrance at the 2016 InStyle And Warner Bros. 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party in a romantic pleated J. Mendel gown.

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January 12th: Two days later, she ups her sartorial game in a laser cut red leather dress at the 6th Biennial UNICEF Ball in Beverly Hills.

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February 15th: Selena Gomez stuns in a plunging blue sequined Calvin Klein gown at the Grammy Awards.

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February 28th: Continuing the metallic look, Gomez wears another shimmery gown at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

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March 8th: From Paris Fashion Week came some of Gomez’s best looks of the year, including this all-black outfit, with the exception of a denim mini skirt.

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March 10th: Selena Gomez steps out in a leather and fur jacket layered over an embellished black dress leaving a radio station in Paris.

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March 10th: Earlier that same day, she wore an entirely different look consisting of an off-the-shoulder blouse paired with matching black trousers and statement round sunglasses.

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March 11th: Gomez nails a fashion-forward approach in an asymmetrical Marni skirt and Celine slingbacks leaving the BBC Radio studio in London.

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April 3rd: Selena Gomez arrives backstage at the iHeart Radio Music Awards in casual boyfriend jeans, a white crop top, and nude pumps.

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April 7th: Gomez makes a statement arriving at LAX in a black and orange bomber jacket and snakeskin patterned bag.

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May 2nd: In one of the most memorable outfits of the night, Gomez makes an impression in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton at the Met Gala.

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May 6th: Attending her ‘Revival’ Tour kickoff party, Gomez is the definition of sultry in a silk gown with a thigh high slit and feathery Manolo Blahnik heels.

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August 1st: Gomez touches down in Tokyo wearing bold sunglasses, a distressed denim jacket, and army-green sweatpants.

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November 20th: After a month-long hiatus to focus on her health, Gomez reemerges to accept her award at the AMA’s in a princess-like Prada ball gown.

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November 28th: Selena Gomez is seen at LAX airport looking sophisticated in neutrals with beige leather pants and an oversized cream sweater.

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The Italian weekend comes a few weeks after the duo were first spotted together leaving Los Angeles’ celebrity watering hole, Giorgio Baldi. Last week, the pair, along with famous friends Jaden Smith and French Montana, also rented out a Dave & Buster’s—an apparent new hotspot, given that both Drake and Khloe Kardashian have hosted their birthday parties at one of the arcade’s many outposts.

Gomez and Tesfaye met at the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, where they both were musical guests. At the time, he was dating future Victoria’s Secret model Bella Hadid, who had a cultural moment of her own this week, perfecting the art of protest in New York City with sister Gigi. As for Gomez’s ex, Justin Bieber, well, he’s had better weekends.

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