The Heart in Art

A small selection of hearts through the history of art.

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Mirror of the Sinful (between 1701 and 1768), by Jacques Chiquet – Source.


Baude Cordier’s chanson “Belle, bonne, sage,” from The Chantilly Manuscript, ca. 1350-1400 – Source.



A woodcut by Aoki Shukuya from Kaishi Hen (Analysis of Cadavers), an anatomical atlas from the dawn of experimental medicine in Japan, published in Kyoto in 1772 – Source.


The Heart of Mary (ca.1759) by Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz – Source.


Detail from a page of George Wither’s A Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne (1635) – Source.


Detail from a page in The school of the heart; or, The heart of it self gone away from God brought back again to him, and instructed by him. In 47 emblems (1676), by George Wither – Source


Stigmata Christi (1486) from the Waldburg-GebetbuchSource.


‘Seattle’s New Retail Business Center’, an idealized map of Seattle’s Belltown, Denny Hill / Denny Regrade, and South Lake Union neighborhoods, accompanying Baist’s Real Estate Maps of Surveys of Seattle (1905) Source.



The Holy Heart of Jesus and the Five Wounds of Christ’s Love (1521), a woodcut by Sigmund Grimm – Source.



Heart shaped map of the world from Paris, 1536 – Source.


Image of an embryo heart from Congenital Cardiac Disease (1915) by Maude E. Abbott – Source.



Emblem from Devises et Emblemes Anciennes & Modernes (1699) – Source.



and to finish off, a map of love, a land called Tendre:

The Map of Tendre (Carte de Tendre or Carte du Tendre), a French map of an imaginary land called Tendre produced by several hands, including Catherine de Rambouillet. It appeared as an engraving (attributed to François Chauveau) in the first part of Madeleine de Scudéry’s 1654-61 novel ClélieSource.