A Map of the Open Country of a Woman's Heart by D

W. Kellogg, c. 1833–1842I'd love to find a modern recreation of this and see how an artist from today would represent everything. I think it would be interesting to see the two side by side. In your spare time +Eduardo Rodriguez Calzado… ;-)From the link:This map of a woman's heart tells us much about what the artist and his society believed about women. This illustration perfectly captures nineteenth-century ideas about womanhood. The caption reads, "The Open Country of Woman's Heart, Exhibiting its internal communications, and the facilities and dangers to Travelers therein." According to this map, Love is at the center of a woman's heart, and Sentimentality and Sentiment (including Good Sense, Discrimination, Hope, Enthusiasm, and Platonic Affection) take up a sizable portion of the entire territory. This region of Sentiment and Sentimentality is separated from the larger, treacherous areas of a woman's heart: Selfishness and Coquetry pose dangers, especially to gentleman travelers, and these attributes suggest that all women are basically untrustworthy. The largest regions, Love of Admiration, Love of Dress, and Love of Display, all suggest that women are also essentially shallow and frivolous. Although the image claims to have been drawn by "A Lady," it is just as likely that it proceeded from the imagination of a man.http://www.americanantiquarian.org/Exhibitions/Beauty/true.htm

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2 Responses to A Map of the Open Country of a Woman's Heart by D

  1. Kari Tedrick says:

    hrmmph! If only they knew!

  2. Eduardo Rodriguez Calzado says:

    This look like an interesting project! Will have to look into it 😉

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