Monday, February 4, 2013

Heart Art

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
Charles Dickens

In times past hearts were believed to contain the soul. It was the seat of emotion, reason and thought. Tradition has colored hearts red; red for blood, passion, strong emotion.

In ancient days the seed of the Silphium was used as an oral contraceptive and it is from the shape of the seed that we see the heart.

 The human heart is vaguely shaped like what we now know as a heart symbol. 

Swans necks curl together during their mating ritual and create a heart. 

Brothels would mark their signs with a shape that represented female breasts that looked in shape like a present day heart. Turn the heart upside down and it was a symbol for males in a brothel.
This week we shall look at heart in art.

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