The ancient symbol known as the heart dates back to the Middle Ages and is universally known to represent emotion, affection and love. In current times, hearts may symbolize healthier foods on a menu or even lives left in a video game.
We love hearts and want to celebrate everything heart-shaped! This symbol can be found all around us ... in the clouds, rocks, food, leaves, flowers, graffiti, furniture, apparel and more. We also have links to free heart images found on the web.
Interesting History About Hearts:
• The seed of the silphium plant, used in ancient times as an herbal contraceptive, has been suggested as the source of the heart symbol.
• Hearts can be seen on the bible Jesus holds in the Empress Zoe mosaic in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. It probably dates from 1239.
• The modern indented red heart has been used on playing cards since the late 15th century.
• The heart may be derived from the shape made by swans' necks while courting.