Sacred Heart that is

"The Sacred Heart that is": Bloom's walk through the Catholic cemetery takes him past a carving, one of many, in which Christ's heart is visible in his chest. This iconography belongs to a popular devotional practice founded by Marguerite-Marie Alacoque, a 17th century French nun whose name Buck Mulligan mocks in Scylla and Charybdis: "Blessed Margaret Mary Anycock!" Bloom knows how important her devotional practice is to Irish Catholics, but his skeptical contemplation leads him to a less reverential image of an exposed heart in Shakespeare's Othello. The birds pecking at that heart lead him still further afield to a story of pecking birds told of a Greek painter, whose name he gets wrong and confuses with a Greek god.... The wandering chain of mental associations suggests that he is not much interested in the spiritual benefits of the Sacred Heart. Circe will reveal, however, that Stephen Dedalus has an intense relationship with this icon.

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A Sacred Heart carving in the Glasnevin cemetery, photographed in 2010 by IrishFireside. Source:

Cover of the first issue of the Irish Messenger of the Sacred Heart in January 1888. Source:

Oil painting of the Sacred Heart being adored by Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart and Margaret Mary Alacoque, artist and date unknown.
Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Still Life with Grapes and a Bird, oil on canvas painting ca. 1500-10 by Antonio Leonelli, held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Source:

1613 Dutch engraving held in the Amsterdam University Library, showing Zeuxis running past Parrhasius's painting of a curtain toward his own painting of a boy with grapes, Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Martina Folena, in a 2020 video of "Apelle, figlio di Apollo." Source: