Humanity is guided by the feeling that the symbol of the heart is of great importance. In numerous civilizations it has been considered the organ of life because it is unique, animated by involuntary movements rather than conscious will, linked with the blood that it circulates around the body, and is located in the central anatomical position of the thorax.
The heart has, therefore, always inspired artists and creators: painters throughout different periods of art history, draftsmen, and sculptors… but also writers, jewelers, and, more recently, filmmakers, photographers, fashion designers, and advertisers.
This booklet presents a range of works of art, all by well-known artists, depicting or inspired by the heart. Each is accompanied by a commentary that introduces the artist and the context in which the work was created. Each commentary also includes a highly subjective analysis of the work, the result of a personal dialogue between the artist and myself as the viewer, through the image presented. Others may well have feelings or experience emotions that differ from mine when looking at these works.