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Adversity Collection

In the face of adversity, humanity's resilience shines through

Background imageAdversity Collection: Perseus and Medusa statue at Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Perseus and Medusa statue at Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Background imageAdversity Collection: The New Jerusalem, c1900

The New Jerusalem, c1900. Christ, who has redeemed the world through his Crucifixion, waits at the entrance to The New Jerusalem to welcome the saved

Background imageAdversity Collection: Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) hatchling crossing a beach to get to the sea

Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) hatchling crossing a beach to get to the sea. Cayenne, French Guiana, July

Background imageAdversity Collection: Police dog attacking a young black man during the Youth Mass Demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama

Police dog attacking a young black man during the Youth Mass Demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama, spring 1963
CIVIL RIGHTS, 1963. Police dog attacking a young black man during the Youth Mass Demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama, spring 1963

Background imageAdversity Collection: Love Locked Out, 1889, (1912). Artist: Anna Lea Merritt

Love Locked Out, 1889, (1912). Artist: Anna Lea Merritt
Love Locked Out, 1889, (1912). Painting held at the Tate, London. From Bibbys Annual 1912, [J. Bibby & Sons, Liverpool, 1912]

Background imageAdversity Collection: The Last of England, 1855. Artist: Ford Madox Brown

The Last of England, 1855. Artist: Ford Madox Brown
The Last of England, 1855. From World Famous Paintings edited by J Grieg Pirie [W.& G. Foyle Ltd. London, 1938]

Background imageAdversity Collection: MOUNT EVEREST EXPEDITION. The camp of the 1924 British expedition to Mount Everest

MOUNT EVEREST EXPEDITION. The camp of the 1924 British expedition to Mount Everest, on the crest of the North Col

Background imageAdversity Collection: Le Coup de Lance, 1620. Artist: Peter Paul Rubens

Le Coup de Lance, 1620. Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
Le Coup de Lance, 1620. At the Crucifixion the soldier pierces Christs side to make sure he is dead. At bottom right, the Virgin Mary and St John the Apostle turn aside in despair

Background imageAdversity Collection: Lion Intimidating An English Bulldog

Lion Intimidating An English Bulldog
A lion angrily scowls down at a worried Bulldog sitting next to him

Background imageAdversity Collection: The Shower, 1897. Creator: Helen Hyde

The Shower, 1897. Creator: Helen Hyde
The Shower, 1897

Background imageAdversity Collection: Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) in flight in Force 8 gales above raging seas. Shetland Islands

Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) in flight in Force 8 gales above raging seas. Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK, September

Background imageAdversity Collection: Showjumper falling head-first off bucking horse

Showjumper falling head-first off bucking horse

Background imageAdversity Collection: The Blind Girl, 1856, (1948). Creator: John Everett Millais

The Blind Girl, 1856, (1948). Creator: John Everett Millais
The Blind Girl, 1856, (1948). Two girls, the elder one blind and with a concertina in her lap, rest by a wayside stream after rain

Background imageAdversity Collection: pachycereus marginatus, cactus, mexican fence post cactus

pachycereus marginatus, cactus, mexican fence post cactus
Pachycereus Marginatus Cactus - Mexican fence post cactus Green subject

Background imageAdversity Collection: Firefighters work to extinguish the fire as it burns through a pile of old tyres at a

Firefighters work to extinguish the fire as it burns through a pile of old tyres at a recycling centre in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico May 2, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Background imageAdversity Collection: A man walks along a street covered by snow during a winter storm in Washington

A man walks along a street covered by snow during a winter storm in Washington January 23, 2016. A winter storm dumped nearly 2 feet (58 cm) of snow on the suburbs of Washington, D.C

Background imageAdversity Collection: Barque Louise, 1852. Creator: Unknown

Barque Louise, 1852. Creator: Unknown
Barque Louise, 1852. The sailing ship "Louise" from Gavle. The ship goes from right to left with only 3 sails hoisted. The hull is painted black with a white stripe

Background imageAdversity Collection: The barque Wilhelmina, c1844. Creator: Unknown

The barque Wilhelmina, c1844. Creator: Unknown
The barque Wilhelmina, c1844. The ship came to Gavle's merchant fleet in 1838. Black hull with white stripe. The ship sails from right to left in rough seas

Background imageAdversity Collection: Neptune from Gefle, 1830. Creator: Ole Johnsen Seboy

Neptune from Gefle, 1830. Creator: Ole Johnsen Seboy
Neptune from Gefle, 1830

Background imageAdversity Collection: The full-rigger Pacific, (c1860s). Creator: Carolus Ludovicus Weyts

The full-rigger Pacific, (c1860s). Creator: Carolus Ludovicus Weyts
The full-rigger Pacific, (c1860s). Built in 1867 at Rettig's shipyard in Gavle. belonging to the company Rettig/Rettigska varvet, 1840-1870s

Background imageAdversity Collection: Climbing Mt. McKinley, between c1900 and 1923. Creator: Unknown

Climbing Mt. McKinley, between c1900 and 1923. Creator: Unknown
Climbing Mt. McKinley, between c1900 and 1923

Background imageAdversity Collection: U.S.R.C. 'Bear' and S.S. 'Corwin' - Roadstead, Nome, Alaska, between c1900 and 1927

U.S.R.C. "Bear" and S.S. "Corwin" - Roadstead, Nome, Alaska, between c1900 and 1927

Background imageAdversity Collection: Coach and Escort Service in the Steppes, 19th century. Creator: Nikolay Nikolaevich Karazin

Coach and Escort Service in the Steppes, 19th century. Creator: Nikolay Nikolaevich Karazin
Coach and Escort Service in the Steppes, 19th century. One of 21 watercolors (out of an original 27) from an album relating to the history of the Siberian Cossacks held by the Rare Books Department

Background imageAdversity Collection: View of the Boundary Between the Tomsk and Tobol'sk Provinces. Storm on the Ob, 1880-1889

View of the Boundary Between the Tomsk and Tobol'sk Provinces. Storm on the Ob, 1880-1889. From a collection of paintings, lithographs, sketches, studies, and drawings

Background imageAdversity Collection: Frightened; Skramda, 1912 (oil on canvas)

Frightened; Skramda, 1912 (oil on canvas)
659711 Frightened; Skramda, 1912 (oil on canvas) by Zorn, Anders Leonard (1860-1920); 101.7x66 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Frightened; Skramda. Anders Leonard Zorn (1860-1920). Oil on canvas

Background imageAdversity Collection: CS_2693

CS_2693
Ilex aquifolium Holly Red subject

Background imageAdversity Collection: RF- Close-up of Highland cow (Bos taurus) showing thick insulating hair covering face

RF- Close-up of Highland cow (Bos taurus) showing thick insulating hair covering face. Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, April

Background imageAdversity Collection: European common frog (Rana temporaria) on rock by waterfall, near Lac des Gloriettes dam

European common frog (Rana temporaria) on rock by waterfall, near Lac des Gloriettes dam, Pyrenees National Park, France, June

Background imageAdversity Collection: Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) underwater. Fernandina Island. Galapagos, Endemic Species

Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) underwater. Fernandina Island. Galapagos, Endemic Species

Background imageAdversity Collection: Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) crossing the Chobe River, followed by swarm of flies

Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) crossing the Chobe River, followed by swarm of flies, Chobe Game Reserve, Botswana, Africa

Background imageAdversity Collection: Horse in snow storm with shed in background, USA

Horse in snow storm with shed in background, USA

Background imageAdversity Collection: Fishing vessel Harvester powering through huge waves while operating in the North Sea

Fishing vessel Harvester powering through huge waves while operating in the North Sea
Fishing vessel " Harvester" powering through huge waves while operating in the North Sea. Europe, January 2009. Property released

Background imageAdversity Collection: A man walks next to a tree during a dust storm in Kabul, Afghanistan

A man walks next to a tree during a dust storm in Kabul, Afghanistan August 20, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Background imageAdversity Collection: A woman carrying an umbrella is silhouetted from behind a window covered with rain drops

A woman carrying an umbrella is silhouetted from behind a window covered with rain drops during wet weather in Colombo April 29, 2014

Background imageAdversity Collection: A piglet jumps through the snow on a pig farm in Thame

A piglet jumps through the snow on a pig farm in Thame, near Oxford, southern England January 13, 2010. Britain, shivering through its coldest winter in three decades

Background imageAdversity Collection: A general view shows a dried up river bed in Ethiopias northern Amhara region

A general view shows a dried up river bed in Ethiopias northern Amhara region, February 11, 2016. Picture taken February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Katy Migiro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Background imageAdversity Collection: Ruins of the ancient city of Corinth, Greece

Ruins of the ancient city of Corinth, Greece

Background imageAdversity Collection: RF - Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) walking up slope in snow. Svalbard, Norway, April

RF - Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) walking up slope in snow. Svalbard, Norway, April. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)

Background imageAdversity Collection: Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) aerial view of herd on sand, Namib Desert, Namibia

Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) aerial view of herd on sand, Namib Desert, Namibia

Background imageAdversity Collection: Red fox in a snow storm (Vulpes vulpes) Winter winds on Kamchatka can reach 40 meters a

Red fox in a snow storm (Vulpes vulpes) Winter winds on Kamchatka can reach 40 meters a second. Kronotskty Zapovednik, Kamchatka, Russia

Background imageAdversity Collection: aloe dichotoma, quiver tree

aloe dichotoma, quiver tree
Aloe dichotoma Quiver tree Green subject

Background imageAdversity Collection: CS_C08-9463

CS_C08-9463
Platanus acerifolia London plane Blue subject

Background imageAdversity Collection: Bay Icelandic horse feeding in the snow, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland, March

Bay Icelandic horse feeding in the snow, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland, March

Background imageAdversity Collection: Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) female and young in the mud, Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) female and young in the mud, Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya. February

Background imageAdversity Collection: Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) swimming back to the surface, Galapagos

Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) swimming back to the surface, Galapagos. Pacific ocean

Background imageAdversity Collection: Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) in flight over mountain peaks, Torres Del Paine National Park

Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) in flight over mountain peaks, Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

Background imageAdversity Collection: White-tailed Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) being attacked by a Common Gull (Larus

White-tailed Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) being attacked by a Common Gull (Larus canus) in flight. Norway, July. Magic Moments book plate, page 51

Background imageAdversity Collection: Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) making its way through sand to the Rufiji River

Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) making its way through sand to the Rufiji River, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania



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In the face of adversity, humanity's resilience shines through. From the captivating Perseus and Medusa statue in Florence to The New Jerusalem's depiction of a world grappling with challenges, these works of art remind us that adversity is an integral part of our existence. History bears witness to moments when adversity has tested our mettle. The haunting image of a police dog attacking a young black man during the Youth Mass Demonstration in Birmingham serves as a stark reminder of the struggles faced by marginalized communities. Yet, it also symbolizes their unwavering determination to overcome injustice. Art captures not only human experiences but also those found in nature. A Leatherback Turtle hatchling crossing a beach mirrors its arduous journey towards survival, reminding us that even the smallest creatures must confront obstacles head-on. The Last of England painting evokes emotions as we witness two individuals facing an uncertain future amidst turbulent times. Similarly, the campsite from the 1924 British expedition to Mount Everest showcases mankind's audacity in conquering nature's harshest elements. Across cultures and time periods, art portrays stories where heroes emerge amidst chaos. Nichiren Calming the Storm depicts bravery against all odds while slums near one of India's most iconic landmarks reveal resilience amid poverty and inequality. Le Coup de Lance captures both vulnerability and strength as Peter Paul Rubens immortalizes a moment frozen in time—a testament to how life can change dramatically within seconds. Meanwhile, Lion Intimidating An English Bulldog reminds us that courage comes not only from size or power but from within oneself. Even sports reflect our ability to persevere through adversity; a showjumper falling off a bucking horse exemplifies determination despite setbacks—getting back up after every fall defines true champions. Adversity may test our resolve, but it is through these trials that we discover untapped reservoirs of strength and resilience within ourselves.