Hearts Aloft


This has to be one of the most intriguing and unique works of medieval art I’ve ever encountered.  Entitled “Two women attempting to catch flying hearts,” it’s by Pierre Sala, a French Renaissance artist who also composed poetry.  This particular piece is part of his “Emblèmes et Devises d’Amour” (“Emblems and Currency of Love”) collection and dates to around 1500.  Historians believe Sala was making a dedication to his mistress Marguerite.

Sala is perhaps best known for his work “Tristan,” but I can’t find much information about him.  Still, I think this would make a great Valentine’s Day card.  The entire collection is currently housed at the British Library in London.


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4 responses to “Hearts Aloft

  1. I love this one, beautiful. I haven’t ever seen it.

  2. Hi,
    Beautiful art. I looked him up using bing search engine. There were several sources including Wikipedia.

    Have a good day.

  3. Lovely painting. I agree, it would make for a great Valentine’s Day card. Or a nice image for a box of note cards. So colorful.

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