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"Barefooted: A Journey through Art and Life" Step into a world where feet are unshackled, free to roam and explore

Background imageBare Footed Collection: French new year postcard depicting two young girls, with a basket of flowers, 1900

French new year postcard depicting two young girls, with a basket of flowers, 1900
3666182 French new year postcard depicting two young girls, with a basket of flowers, 1900 by French School, (20th century); (add.info.: French new year postcard depicting two young girls)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: A Sitting Nubian, Rome, 1839 (oil on canvas)

A Sitting Nubian, Rome, 1839 (oil on canvas)
8711992 A Sitting Nubian, Rome, 1839 (oil on canvas) by Rorbye, Martinus (1803-48); Nivaagaards Malerisamling, Niva, Denmark; (add.info.: By Martinus Rorbye)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Two Women Bathing, c.1895 (etching on tan wove paper)

Two Women Bathing, c.1895 (etching on tan wove paper)
5859736 Two Women Bathing, c.1895 (etching on tan wove paper) by Renoir, Pierre Auguste (1841-1919); The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA; (add.info.: by Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Sleeping Shepherds, 1663 (oil on wood)

Sleeping Shepherds, 1663 (oil on wood)
XOS5877344 Sleeping Shepherds, 1663 (oil on wood) by Velde, Adriaen van de (1636-72); 38.5x43.5 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: by Adriaen van de Velde)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Children carrying loads of clay in the brickyards of the English Midlands, 1871 Wood engraving

Children carrying loads of clay in the brickyards of the English Midlands, 1871 Wood engraving
530529 Children carrying loads of clay in the brickyards of the English Midlands, 1871 Wood engraving.; (add.info.: It was estimated that at this time there were between 20, 000 and 30)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: His First Smoke 1878 (Oil on canvas)

His First Smoke 1878 (Oil on canvas)
8766543 His First Smoke 1878 (Oil on canvas) by Gaul, Gilbert (1855-1919); 72.1--54.9 cm; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; © High Museum of Art

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Tapestry of Pastrana. end 15th century (tapestry)

Tapestry of Pastrana. end 15th century (tapestry)
CUL4902902 Tapestry of Pastrana. end 15th century (tapestry) by Grenier, Pasquier (fl.1447-93) (workshop of); Museo Parroquial de Tapices de Pastrana, Guadalajara

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Dancing Roman Woman, before 1838 (oil on card)

Dancing Roman Woman, before 1838 (oil on card)
8711981 Dancing Roman Woman, before 1838 (oil on card) by Marstrand, Wilhelm (1810-73); Nivaagaards Malerisamling, Niva, Denmark; (add.info)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: An 18th century lady taking a footbath is interrupted by a suitor

An 18th century lady taking a footbath is interrupted by a suitor. From Illustrierte Sittengeschichte vom Mittelalter
1000911 An 18th century lady taking a footbath is interrupted by a suitor. From Illustrierte Sittengeschichte vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart by Eduard Fuchs, published 1909.; Private Collection

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Underwater diving suit. 19th century (engraving)

Underwater diving suit. 19th century (engraving)
672994 Underwater diving suit. 19th century (engraving); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBare Footed Collection: 19th century Polish postwoman

19th century Polish postwoman
673378 19th century Polish postwoman; (add.info.: a nineteenth century Polish postwoman); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBare Footed Collection: On the sea shore. (colour litho)

On the sea shore. (colour litho)
8641605 On the sea shore. (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: On the sea shore. Illustration for The Prize, 1888.); © Look and Learn

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Gregory VII (engraving)

Gregory VII (engraving)
8669261 Gregory VII (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Gregory VII. "Barefooted, and humbly clad, Leo, the shepherd of the Church)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: The Mortification, 1763 or before (oil on paper laid down on board))

The Mortification, 1763 or before (oil on paper laid down on board))
XOS5877574 The Mortification, 1763 or before (oil on paper laid down on board)) by Zuccarelli, Francesco (1702-88); 35.2x27.3 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Prison Scene in Rome, 1837 (oil on canvas)

Prison Scene in Rome, 1837 (oil on canvas)
8711989 Prison Scene in Rome, 1837 (oil on canvas) by Marstrand, Wilhelm (1810-73); Nivaagaards Malerisamling, Niva, Denmark; (add.info.: by Wilhelm Marstrand)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: 'Pilgrim's Progress' by John Bunyan

"Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan
864166 "Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan; (add.info.: Christian, the pilgrim of the title, in sight of the Cross)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Odalisque, c.1830-35 (oil on panel)

Odalisque, c.1830-35 (oil on panel)
8775284 Odalisque, c.1830-35 (oil on panel) by Deveria, Achille (1800-57); Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA, USA; (add.info.: By Achille-Jacques-Jean-Marie Deveria)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: German Anti-Polish poster, 1919. Poor, huddled barefoot Polish refugees

German Anti-Polish poster, 1919. Poor, huddled barefoot Polish refugees. This is what you will look like if you vote
528531 German Anti-Polish poster, 1919. Poor, huddled barefoot Polish refugees. This is what you will look like if you vote for Poland not Germany in the Upper Silesian plebiscite

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Man using a French exercise treadmill to improve fitness. Late 19th century

Man using a French exercise treadmill to improve fitness. Late 19th century
865690 Man using a French exercise treadmill to improve fitness. Late 19th century.; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Illustration for Heidi by Johanna Spyri (litho)

Illustration for Heidi by Johanna Spyri (litho)
8670446 Illustration for Heidi by Johanna Spyri (litho) by Rhead, Louis John (1857-1926); Private Collection; (add.info.: There in her little white nightgown and bare feet stood Heidi)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: The treading clay for crucibles for casting steel

The treading clay for crucibles for casting steel
5310212 The treading clay for crucibles for casting steel; (add.info.: Engraving depicting the treading clay for crucibles for casting steel: Sheffield)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Returning Home from Work; Retour du Travail - Terugkeer na het Werk, 1929 (oil on canvas)

Returning Home from Work; Retour du Travail - Terugkeer na het Werk, 1929 (oil on canvas)
653482 Returning Home from Work; Retour du Travail - Terugkeer na het Werk, 1929 (oil on canvas) by Brusselmans, Jean (1884-1953); 115.6x110.2 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Archduchess Margaret of Austria

Archduchess Margaret of Austria
3329589 Archduchess Margaret of Austria; (add.info.: Archduchess Margaret of Austria (Sister Margarita de la Cruz) taking the habit from the (Descalzas Reales) the Royal Barefoot Nuns 1584

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, 1719 (engraving)

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, 1719 (engraving)
864172 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, 1719 (engraving); (add.info.: Robinson Crusoe, barefoot and dressed in goatskins, pictured on the island where he spent many years after his shipwreck)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Poster advertising play of 'Woman in White'

Poster advertising play of "Woman in White"
863810 Poster advertising play of "Woman in White"; (add.info.: Illustration for a poster advertising the play of "The Woman in White")

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Irish March of Intellect: or The happy Result of Emancipation'

Irish March of Intellect: or The happy Result of Emancipation'. Barefoot Irish father introducing his son to an
527972 Irish March of Intellect: or The happy Result of Emancipation'. Barefoot Irish father introducing his son to an English lawyer in the hope of having him apprenticed. Cartoon 1820s

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Isadora Duncan, American dancer (b/w photo)

Isadora Duncan, American dancer (b/w photo)
8672550 Isadora Duncan, American dancer (b/w photo) by Elvira Studio (19th-20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Isadora Duncan (c1877-1927), American dancer and choreographer

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Gypsy dancing girl, La Bohemienne, 17th century. Dancing with her hair in pigtails, barefoot

Gypsy dancing girl, La Bohemienne, 17th century. Dancing with her hair in pigtails, barefoot
5912942 Gypsy dancing girl, La Bohemienne, 17th century. Dancing with her hair in pigtails, barefoot, anklets and hitting a tambourine above her head

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Alice Liddell friend of Lewis Carroll, here as a beggar girl, photo by Carroll in 1865

Alice Liddell friend of Lewis Carroll, here as a beggar girl, photo by Carroll in 1865
1755974 Alice Liddell friend of Lewis Carroll, here as a beggar girl, photo by Carroll in 1865 by Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge (Lewis Carroll) (1832-98); (add.info)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: The Tired Gleaner, 1880 (oil on fabric)

The Tired Gleaner, 1880 (oil on fabric)
XOS5885351 The Tired Gleaner, 1880 (oil on fabric) by Breton, Jules (1827-1906); 94x63.8 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Indian Road Sweeper

Indian Road Sweeper
3788841 Indian Road Sweeper; (add.info.: Indian road sweeper. Colorized photograph from early 20th century. British postcard.); Lebrecht History

Background imageBare Footed Collection: La Saltarelle, c.1800 (w/c & gouache)

La Saltarelle, c.1800 (w/c & gouache)
XOS5884360 La Saltarelle, c.1800 (w/c & gouache) by Papety, Dominique Louis (1815-49); 25.4x35.7 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: By Dominque Louis Papety During the 15th century)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: An Indian road sweeper

An Indian road sweeper
3788823 An Indian road sweeper; (add.info.: An Indian road sweeper. Photograph from early 20th century. British postcard.); Lebrecht History

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Old 'Blind Aaron' - over 100 years, Wrangle, Alaska - photographer, A.C.Pillsbury, Palo Alto, Cal

Old "Blind Aaron" - over 100 years, Wrangle, Alaska - photographer, A.C.Pillsbury, Palo Alto, Cal
3671446 Old "Blind Aaron" - over 100 years, Wrangle, Alaska - photographer, A.C.Pillsbury, Palo Alto, Cal. undated (b/w photo) by Pillsbury, Arthur Clarence (1870-1946); Newberry Library

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Young woman crossing a brook-From Figaro Illustre, August 1897

Young woman crossing a brook-From Figaro Illustre, August 1897
3771897 Young woman crossing a brook-From Figaro Illustre, August 1897.; (add.info.: Young woman crossing a brook-From Figaro Illustre, August 1897. Painted by L. Baviau); Lebrecht Authors

Background imageBare Footed Collection: A Family Group of Firewalkers - Fiji

A Family Group of Firewalkers - Fiji, Oceania. Only one family on one island possesses the mysterious secret of walking bare-footed on red hot stones. Date: 1924

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Ariadne on Naxos, 1510-30 (oil on panel)

Ariadne on Naxos, 1510-30 (oil on panel)
7412449 Ariadne on Naxos, 1510-30 (oil on panel) by Filippo da Verona (fl.1509-1514) ; 130.5--119 cm; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; (add.info.: by Filippo da Verona)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: His Only Friend (oil on canvas)

His Only Friend (oil on canvas)
MAN443309 His Only Friend (oil on canvas) by Riviere, Briton (1840-1920); Manchester Art Gallery, UK; © Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Cinderella, 1899 (oil on canvas)

Cinderella, 1899 (oil on canvas)
3956686 Cinderella, 1899 (oil on canvas) by Prinsep, Valentine Cameron (1838-1904); 149.6x113.1 cm; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; (add.info.: A scene from the fairy tale of Cinderella)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Strength (painting on wood)

Strength (painting on wood)
885763 Strength (painting on wood) by Pacchiarotti, Giacomo (1474-1539/40); Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Background imageBare Footed Collection: The Trough (oil on canvas)

The Trough (oil on canvas)
885751 The Trough (oil on canvas) by Palizzi, Filippo (1818-99); Museo Civico Revoltella, Trieste, Italy; (add.info.: by Filippo Palizzi)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: John the Baptist, 1418-30 (fresco)

John the Baptist, 1418-30 (fresco)
885657 John the Baptist, 1418-30 (fresco) by Jaquerio, Giacomo (fl.1403-53); Castello della Manta, Saluzzo, Italy; (add.info.: by Giacomo Jaquerio)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Study for the Briar Rose Series, 1889 (oil on canvas)

Study for the Briar Rose Series, 1889 (oil on canvas)
7388603 Study for the Briar Rose Series, 1889 (oil on canvas) by Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (1833-98); Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery; (add.info)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Study for the Briar Rose Series, The Garden Court, 1889 (oil on canvas)

Study for the Briar Rose Series, The Garden Court, 1889 (oil on canvas)
7388606 Study for the Briar Rose Series, The Garden Court, 1889 (oil on canvas) by Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (1833-98); Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery; (add.info)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Study for the Briar Rose Series, The Garden Court, 1889 (oil on canvas)

Study for the Briar Rose Series, The Garden Court, 1889 (oil on canvas)
7388604 Study for the Briar Rose Series, The Garden Court, 1889 (oil on canvas) by Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (1833-98); Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery; (add.info)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Harvester, 1895 (oil on canvas)

Harvester, 1895 (oil on canvas)
7387019 Harvester, 1895 (oil on canvas) by Szymanowski, Waclaw (1859-1930); 78 x 97 cm; National Museum, Krakow, Poland; (add.info.: by Wacław Szymanowski (1859-1930)

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Thunderstorm, 1896 (oil on canvas)

Thunderstorm, 1896 (oil on canvas)
7380025 Thunderstorm, 1896 (oil on canvas) by Chelmonski, Joseph (1850-1914); 107 x 163 cm; National Museum, Krakow, Poland; (add.info.: by Jozef Chełmonski (1850-1914))

Background imageBare Footed Collection: Nootka Indian with whaler harpoon, c. 1900 (b/w photo)

Nootka Indian with whaler harpoon, c. 1900 (b/w photo)
PNP245686 Nootka Indian with whaler harpoon, c.1900 (b/w photo) by Curtis, Edward Sheriff (1868-1952) ; Private Collection; Peter Newark American Pictures



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"Barefooted: A Journey through Art and Life" Step into a world where feet are unshackled, free to roam and explore. From the fiery depths of Fiji's firewalkers to the delicate strokes of Ariadne on Naxos, barefooted souls leave their mark on canvas and beyond. In "A Family Group of Firewalkers - Fiji, " we witness the raw power of human resilience as generations unite in an ancient ritual. Their bare feet defy scorching embers, forging a bond that transcends pain. "Ariadne on Naxos" whispers tales of myth and mystery. With her toes grazing the earth beneath her, she stands poised amidst chaos, finding solace in her connection with nature. The painting captures both vulnerability and strength within one bare-footed figure. In "His Only Friend, " a solitary soul finds companionship in solitude. Barefooted wanderings lead him towards self-discovery as he treads lightly upon life's uncertain path. His naked soles mirror his exposed heart. "Cinderella" dances across canvases with grace unmatched by glass slippers. Her liberation lies not in fancy footwear but rather in embracing her true essence – unadorned feet carrying dreams toward fulfillment. With "Strength, " we encounter a paradoxical depiction where fragility meets fortitude. Painted on wood, this artwork reminds us that even vulnerable roots can grow into mighty trees when grounded firmly without barriers or constraints. "The Trough" transports us to simpler times when muddy footprints marked our daily existence. In this rustic scene, bare feet tread upon familiar ground, leaving imprints etched deep within our collective memory. John the Baptist emerges from fresco walls with fervor burning bright within his eyes – his message delivered through calloused soles planted firmly upon sacred soil. He embodies humility as he paves the way for others to follow suit.