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Barefooted Collection

"Barefooted: A Glimpse into the Soles of Humanity's Journey" Step back in time to 1675, where beggar boys find solace in playing dice barefooted

Background imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted Collection: Footprint on sand with wave

Footprint on sand with wave

Background imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted Collection: Beach, wave and footsteps at sunset time. Relaxing beach landscape

Beach, wave and footsteps at sunset time. Relaxing beach landscape

Background imageBarefooted Collection: Africa. Loanda. St. Paul of Loanda. Market Square

Africa. Loanda. St. Paul of Loanda. Market Square
History of Africa. 19th century. Loanda. Saint Paul of Loanda. View of the Market Square. Engraving. El Congo y la Creacion del Estado Independiente de este nombre

Background imageBarefooted Collection: Africa. Congo. Man of the Bateke tribe (High Alima)

Africa. Congo. Man of the Bateke tribe (High Alima)
History of Africa. 19th century. Man from the Bateke tribe (upper course of the Alima River). Engraving. El Congo y la Creacion del Estado Independiente de este nombre

Background imageBarefooted Collection: Africa. Lower Congo woman - W. Meyer

Africa. Lower Congo woman - W. Meyer
History of Africa. 19th century. Lower Congo woman. Engraving by W. Meyer. El Congo y la Creacion del Estado Independiente de este nombre

Background imageBarefooted Collection: Congo. Portrait of Ngalyema, chief of Kintamo

Congo. Portrait of Ngalyema, chief of Kintamo
Ngalyema, chief of Kintamo (a village on the southern bank of the Congo River). Portrait. Engraving by Pedro Mullor. El Congo y la Creacion del Estado Independiente de este nombre

Background imageBarefooted Collection: Africa. The Congo. Indigenous with double burden

Africa. The Congo. Indigenous with double burden
History of Africa. 19th century. The Congo. Indigenous with double burden. Engraving by Pedro Mullor. El Congo y la Creacion del Estado Independiente de este nombre

Background imageBarefooted Collection: The Brook

The Brook
A painting of a barefooted woman in a green outfit, walking along the stony surface of a fresh water brook of a woodland. Date: circa 1915

Background imageBarefooted Collection: Helena Potocka (1763-1815) by Franciszek Smuglewicz

Helena Potocka (1763-1815) by Franciszek Smuglewicz
Helena Potocka (1763-1815). Polish Noblewoman. Portrait by Franciszek Smuglewicz (1745-1807), 1788-1792. Oil on canvas. 19th Century Polish Art Gallery (Sukiennice Museum). National Museum of Krakow

Background imageBarefooted Collection: Thunderstorm, by Jozef Chelmonski (1849-1914) in 1896

Thunderstorm, by Jozef Chelmonski (1849-1914) in 1896. Polish painter. Oil on canvas. 19th Century Polish Art Gallery (Sukiennice Museum). National Museum of Krakow. Poland. Date: 2018

Background imageBarefooted Collection: Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552) resurrect a dead in

Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552) resurrect a dead in
Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552). Spanish missionary. The saint resurrect a dead buried in Colima, near Cape Comorin (India), 1544. French Engraving, 1850. Date:

Background imageBarefooted Collection: Two barefooted women going to market with a barrel of freshly picked radishes. Date: 1908

Two barefooted women going to market with a barrel of freshly picked radishes. Date: 1908

Background imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted 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 imageBarefooted Collection: Uhlans, Uhlans, the Boys Pretty a Picture... 1916 (oil on panel)

Uhlans, Uhlans, the Boys Pretty a Picture... 1916 (oil on panel)
7386952 Uhlans, Uhlans, the Boys Pretty a Picture... 1916 (oil on panel) by Janowski, Stanislaw (1866-1942); 47.3 x 65.8 cm; National Museum, Krakow

Background imageBarefooted Collection: Tennyson, The Beggar-Maid (colour litho)

Tennyson, The Beggar-Maid (colour litho)
5218872 Tennyson, The Beggar-Maid (colour litho) by Price, Norman Mills (1877-1951) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Beggar-Maid)

Background imageBarefooted Collection: Runner pulling two Geishas on a rickshaw in Japan, c. 1900 (albumen photo)

Runner pulling two Geishas on a rickshaw in Japan, c. 1900 (albumen photo)
617857 Runner pulling two Geishas on a rickshaw in Japan, c.1900 (albumen photo) by Japanese Photographer (20th century); Private Collection; Prismatic Pictures; Japanese, out of copyright



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"Barefooted: A Glimpse into the Soles of Humanity's Journey" Step back in time to 1675, where beggar boys find solace in playing dice barefooted, as captured by Bartolome Esteban Murillo. Their laughter echoes through the streets, reminding us that joy can be found even amidst hardship. Traveling further south to Loanda's Market Square, we encounter a bustling scene where St. Paul of Loanda watches over the locals. Amongst them stands a man from the Bateke tribe, his bare feet firmly rooted to his ancestral land - a testament to resilience and connection. In another corner of Africa's Lower Congo region, we meet a woman gracefully navigating her daily life without shoes. W. Meyer immortalizes her strength and grace with every brushstroke; she carries herself with dignity despite societal burdens. Ngalyema, chief of Kintamo in Congo, stares boldly at us from an ancient portrait - his bare feet symbolizing leadership grounded in tradition and wisdom passed down through generations. Venturing deeper into The Congo's heartland reveals indigenous people carrying double burdens while remaining steadfast on their unshod path. They embody perseverance against all odds - an inspiration for us all. Nature also embraces barefootedness; "The Brook" whispers its secrets to those who dare tread upon its cool waters without shoes. Helena Potocka bares her soles before nature's beauty painted by Franciszek Smuglewicz – a reminder that sometimes our true selves are revealed when we let go of material constraints. Jozef Chelmonski captures the raw power of thunderstorms on canvas; it reminds us that even Mother Nature dances freely without footwear as she unleashes her fury upon Earth’s surface. Centuries ago, Saint Francis Xavier resurrects hope within souls while standing humbly shoeless beside those he serves selflessly – proof that miracles can happen when we strip away the unnecessary.