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Allegory Painting Collection

"Exploring the Depths of Allegory

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Solidarity of Labour: Labours May Day

Solidarity of Labour: Labours May Day, dedicated to the workers of the world. Cartoon of 1890 by Walter Crane (1845 - 1914)

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Retro Style Desert Scene with Old Gas Station and Saguaro Cactus

Retro Style Desert Scene with Old Gas Station and Saguaro Cactus on a sunny day

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Austria, Vienna, The Bad Mothers, 1894, oil on canvas 105x200 cm

Austria, Vienna, The Bad Mothers, 1894, oil on canvas 105x200 cm
Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899), The Bad Mothers, 1894, oil on canvas, 105x200 cm

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: La Fontaines Fables - Wolves and the Sheep

La Fontaines Fables - Wolves and the Sheep
Vintage engraving from La Fontaines Fables, Illustraed by Gustave Dore. The Wolves and the Sheep

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Wolf and the Seven Young Kids

Wolf and the Seven Young Kids
Vintage colour engraving of the Wolf and the Seven Young Kids, a fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. A mother goat leaves her seven children at home while she ventures into the forest to find

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: La Fontaines Fables - Fox and the Goat

La Fontaines Fables - Fox and the Goat
Vintage engraving from La Fontaines Fables, Illustraed by Gustave Dore. The Fox and the Goat

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: The Sea Monster

The Sea Monster
Vintage engraving by Albrech Durer, showing The Sea Monster, 1498

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: The poet Nezami recounts the tales of Alexander the great, 12th century (manuscript)

The poet Nezami recounts the tales of Alexander the great, 12th century (manuscript)
3665913 The poet Nezami recounts the tales of Alexander the great, 12th century (manuscript); (add.info.: Persian (Iranian) Islamic style, manuscript

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: 'Pilgrim's Progress' by John Bunyan

"Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan
864164 "Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan; (add.info.: Christian, the pilgrim of the title, in combat with Apollyon, the Destroyer, the Angel of the Bottomless Pit)

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: French postcard dated circa, 1900, showing a relief scene of shepherds

French postcard dated circa, 1900, showing a relief scene of shepherds
3665656 French postcard dated circa, 1900, showing a relief scene of shepherds by French Photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: French postcard dated circa 1900)

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: The poet Nezami recounts the tales of Alexander the great, 12th century (manuscript)

The poet Nezami recounts the tales of Alexander the great, 12th century (manuscript)
3665914 The poet Nezami recounts the tales of Alexander the great, 12th century (manuscript); (add.info.: Persian (Iranian) Islamic style, manuscript

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: French, 18th century, allegorical illustration depicting laziness as a woman is seen laying on her

French, 18th century, allegorical illustration depicting laziness as a woman is seen laying on her bed
3666069 French, 18th century, allegorical illustration depicting laziness as a woman is seen laying on her bed; (add.info.: French, 19th century)

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Skeleton with scythe (vaccination). 19th century (engraving)

Skeleton with scythe (vaccination). 19th century (engraving)
672870 Skeleton with scythe (vaccination). 19th century (engraving); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: 'Pilgrim's Progress' by John Bunyan

"Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan
864165 "Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan; (add.info.: Christian, the pilgrim of the title, in combat with Apollyon, the Destroyer, the Angel of the Bottomless Pit)

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel
Vintage colour engraving of Hansel and Gretel with the witch. A well-known fairy tale of German origin, recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
Vintage colour engraving of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. Little Red Riding Hood, or Little Red Ridinghood, also known as Little Red Cap or simply Red Riding Hood

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd
Jesus Christ - The Good Shepherd - tending his metaphorical flock. From " The Childrens Friend - A Monthly Magazine for Boys & Girls" - bound volume XXXIX, Jan-Dec 1899; published by S.W

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Engraving of The Holstein Priest by Hogarth

Engraving of The Holstein Priest by Hogarth
Wonderful engraving of The Holstien Preist by Hogarth published by J Trusler in 1791

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Athene repressing the fury of Achilles

Athene repressing the fury of Achilles
Athene (or Athena) repressing the fury of Achilles. From "Stories From Homer" by the Rev. Alfred J. Church, M.A.; illustrations from designs by John Flaxman

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Diomed casting his spear against Ares

Diomed casting his spear against Ares
Diomed (Diomedes) casting his spear against Ares. From "Stories From Homer" by the Rev. Alfred J. Church, M.A.; illustrations from designs by John Flaxman

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Penelope carrying the bow of Ulysses to the suitors

Penelope carrying the bow of Ulysses to the suitors. From "Stories From Homer" by the Rev. Alfred J. Church, M.A.; illustrations from designs by John Flaxman

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Penelope surprised by the suitors

Penelope surprised by the suitors. From "Stories From Homer" by the Rev. Alfred J. Church, M.A.; illustrations from designs by John Flaxman

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Penelope's dream

Penelope's dream. From "Stories From Homer" by the Rev. Alfred J. Church, M.A.; illustrations from designs by John Flaxman. Published by Seeley, Jackson & Halliday, London, 1878

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Thetis bringing the armour to Achilles

Thetis bringing the armour to Achilles. From "Stories From Homer" by the Rev. Alfred J. Church, M.A.; illustrations from designs by John Flaxman

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Ulysses killing the suitors

Ulysses killing the suitors who vied for Penelope's hand in marriage. From "Stories From Homer" by the Rev. Alfred J. Church, M.A.; illustrations from designs by John Flaxman

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Ulysses preparing to fight with Irus

Ulysses preparing to fight with Irus. From "Stories From Homer" by the Rev. Alfred J. Church, M.A.; illustrations from designs by John Flaxman

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Ulysses weeps at the song of Demodocus

Ulysses weeps at the song of Demodocus
Ulysses weeping as he listens to the songs of the blind musician, Demodocus. From "Stories From Homer" by the Rev. Alfred J. Church, M.A.; illustrations from designs by John Flaxman

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: The meeting of Ulysses and Penelope

The meeting of Ulysses and Penelope
The reunion between Ulysses and Penelope. From "Stories From Homer" by the Rev. Alfred J. Church, M.A.; illustrations from designs by John Flaxman

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Ulysses at the table of Circe

Ulysses at the table of Circe
Ulysses at the table of the witch-goddess, Circe. From "Stories From Homer" by the Rev. Alfred J. Church, M.A.; illustrations from designs by John Flaxman

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Ajax defending the Greek ships against the Trojans

Ajax defending the Greek ships against the Trojans. From "Stories From Homer" by the Rev. Alfred J. Church, M.A.; illustrations from designs by John Flaxman

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Hector and Ajax separated by the Heralds

Hector and Ajax separated by the Heralds. From "Stories From Homer" by the Rev. Alfred J. Church, M.A.; illustrations from designs by John Flaxman

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Tortoise and the Hare

Tortoise and the Hare
Vintage colour engraving of the race between the Tortoise and the Hare

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Little Sister and Little Brother - Bruderchen und Schwesterchen

Little Sister and Little Brother - Bruderchen und Schwesterchen
Vintage colour engraving of Little Sister and Little Brother (Bruderchen und Schwesterchen) a well-known European fairy tale which was, among others, written down by the Brothers Grimm

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots
Vintage colour engraving of Puss in Boots (Master Cat; or, The Booted Cat), a European literary fairy tale about a cat who uses trickery and deceit to gain power, wealth

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Sleeping Beauty fairy tale

Sleeping Beauty fairy tale
Vintage colour engraving of Sleeping Beauty (German: DornrA¶schen) by the Brothers Grimm is a classic fairy tale involving a beautiful princess, a sleeping enchantment, and a handsome prince

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Thumbling - Little Tom Thumb

Thumbling - Little Tom Thumb
Vintage colour engraving of Thumbling (Little Tom Thumb) a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. Thumbling, a poor childless peasant couple wishes for a child no matter how small aloud

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Don Quixote - Infinite multitude of fierce and terrible creature

Don Quixote - Infinite multitude of fierce and terrible creature
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore from the story The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. A vast lake of boiling pitch

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Don Quixote - The Goatherds Tale

Don Quixote - The Goatherds Tale
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore from the story The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. The Goatherds Tale

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Don Quixote - Adventure of the Penitents

Don Quixote - Adventure of the Penitents
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore from the story The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. Of the combat between Don Quixote and the Goatheard

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Don Quixote - The sky appears to him more transparent

Don Quixote - The sky appears to him more transparent
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore from the story The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. The sky appears to him more transparent

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: Don Quixote - Another damsel comes into the room

Don Quixote - Another damsel comes into the room
Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore from the story The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. Another damsel comes into the room

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: La Fontaines Fables - Peacock complaining to Juno

La Fontaines Fables - Peacock complaining to Juno
Vintage engraving from La Fontaines Fables, Illustraed by Gustave Dore. The Peacock complaining to Juno

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: La Fontaines Fables - Council held by the Rats

La Fontaines Fables - Council held by the Rats
Vintage engraving from La Fontaines Fables, Illustraed by Gustave Dore. The Council held by the Rats

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: La Fontaines Fables - The Lion and the Gnat

La Fontaines Fables - The Lion and the Gnat
Vintage engraving from La Fontaines Fables, Illustraed by Gustave Dore. The Lion and the Gnat

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: La Fontaines Fables - Fox and the Grapes

La Fontaines Fables - Fox and the Grapes
Vintage engraving from La Fontaines Fables, Illustraed by Gustave Dore. The Fox and the Grapes

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: La Fontaines Fables - The Raven

La Fontaines Fables - The Raven
Vintage engraving from La Fontaines Fables, Illustraed by Gustave Dore. The Raven who wished to imitate the Eagle

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: La Fontaines Fables - Aesop The Phrygian

La Fontaines Fables - Aesop The Phrygian
Vintage engraving from La Fontaines Fables, Illustraed by Gustave Dore. Aesop The Phrygian

Background imageAllegory Painting Collection: La Fontaines Fables - The Drunkard and his Wife

La Fontaines Fables - The Drunkard and his Wife
Vintage engraving from La Fontaines Fables, Illustraed by Gustave Dore. The Drunkard and his Wife



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"Exploring the Depths of Allegory: A Retro Style Desert Scene with Old Gas Station and Saguaro Cactus" Step into a time capsule as this allegory painting takes us back to a retro-style desert scene, complete with an old gas station and towering saguaro cacti. Symbolizing the solidarity of labor, this artwork captures the essence of May Day celebrations in "Solidarity of Labour: Labours May Day. " Drawing inspiration from La Fontaine's Fables, we witness the cunning nature of animals in "The Fox and the Goat. " This allegorical masterpiece reminds us to be cautious when making decisions that may lead to regret. William Hogarth's "The Rake's Progress - In Bedlam" delves into the consequences of indulgence and excess. Through vivid brushstrokes, we are transported to a chaotic mental institution where our protagonist faces his downfall. Prepare for an encounter with mythical creatures as "The Sea Monster" emerges from beneath turbulent waves. This captivating piece challenges our perception of reality while reminding us that danger lurks beneath calm waters. Traveling to Austria, Vienna in 1894, we uncover "The Bad Mothers, " an oil on canvas representation measuring 105x200 cm. Delving into societal expectations and maternal roles, this allegory painting invites contemplation on motherhood's complexities. Fairy tales come alive through symbolic imagery in works like "Hansel and Gretel, " cautioning against temptation lurking within enchanted forests. Meanwhile, Little Red Riding Hood encounters her infamous adversary in a chilling portrayal titled "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. " Intriguing narratives continue with classics such as "Wolf and the Seven Young Kids, " teaching valuable lessons about trust amidst deception. The timeless tale of perseverance unfolds through Aesop's fable depicted in "Tortoise and Hare. " Siblings embark on enchanting adventures in Jacob Grimm's fairy tale adaptation titled "Little Sister and Little Brother - Bruderchen und Schwesterchen.