Valentine’s Day Art: The Book of Hearts

Show your fellow creatives you care this February 14 with some Valentine’s Day art. The Book of Hearts by Francesca Gavin takes an illustrative look at an enduring symbol of love: the heart.

Book of Hearts page 29

The Book of Hearts, page 29
Paul McDevitt
26 February 2013

For one, the book schooled me immediately by addressing how the heart evolved as a token for adoration. Here’s a little more information:

The traditional heart shape as we know it today most likely evolved from the image of an ivy leaf—a plant that once represented sensuality and immortality in Ancient Greece. Since then, the heart has evolved into a lasting icon—a symbol that has been intertwined for centuries with ideas of passion and love. By the 19th century, the heart had become a cliché, only to be reinvented later in the 1960s and the 1970s once it was adopted into pop imagery.

Book of Hearts page 37

The Book of Hearts, page 37
Steph von Reiswitz
Vinaigrette, 2013

With the help of more than 160 illustrations from notable creatives, The Book of Hearts looks at this universal symbol from its role in sailors’ heart tattoos to its growing popularity thanks to emblemata or “intellectual guides to moral life.” The heart may have taken over Valentine’s Day art, packaging and cards, but this manifestation of the symbol is one of the more recent ones.

Book of Hearts p138

The Book of Hearts, page 138
Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Toxic Schizophrenia wiring diagram, 1997

Book of Hearts page 139

The Book of Hearts, page 139
Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Toxic Schizophrenia, 1997

For information on the book and where to find it, visit the Laurence King Publishing website.

 

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