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Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

Affairs of the Heart: An Exploration of the Symbolism of the Heart in Art

Professor Martin Elliott, Dr Valerie Shrimplin

A celebration of the heart for St Valentine’s Day. How is it that a simple pump has become a symbol of the highest human emotions of love, truth, conscience and moral courage?  How have artists represented this over the centuries? And how effective have those representations been? This lecture will be an interdisciplinary presentation by Professor Martin Elliott and Dr Valerie Shrimplin (art historian and registrar of Gresham College).


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Martin Elliott MD FRCS is Professor Emeritus of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCL & Emeritus Professor of Physic and Fellow at Gresham College.  He worked as a paediatric cardiothoracic (& transplant) surgeon at the Great Ormond Street from 1984 until 2019. He was co-Medical Director there from 2010 to 2015. He now holds a number of part time posts including as a non-executive director of the Royal Marsden Hospital NHS FT, London and Chief Medical Officer of Allocate Software Ltd. Pro Bono he is a non-executive director of Children’s Health Ireland, Dublin,  and was a member of the China Tribunal.

He has led research into the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass, outcomes and clinical databases and tracheal transplantation and is widely published.  He has delivered over 450 invited lectures worldwide and many named lectures. He has held several international visiting professorships and taught and operated throughout the world.

All of Professor Elliott's Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

[The image of Professor Elliott is used courtesy of Becan]

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Dr Valerie Shrimplin was awarded her PhD for her research entitled 'Sun Symbolism and Cosmology in Michelangelo’s ‘Last Judgment’'. She has subsequently produced a number of academic publications focusing on the influence of astronomy and cosmology on art and architecture, particularly of the Byzantine, medieval and Renaissance periods.

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14 February 2017

Affairs of the Heart: An Exploration of the Symbolism of the Heart in Art
Professor Martin Elliott
Dr Valerie Shrimplin

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