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Darkness Collection

"Embracing the Shadows: Exploring the Depths of Darkness" In a world where light reigns supreme, darkness holds its own allure

Background imageDarkness Collection: Diego Velazquez (1599-1660). Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618

Diego Velazquez (1599-1660). Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618
Diego Velazquez (1599-1660). Spanish Baroque painter. The Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

Background imageDarkness Collection: Supper at Emmaus, 1648, by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

Supper at Emmaus, 1648, by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). Dutch painter. Supper at Emmaus, 1648. Detail. National Museum of Denmark. Copenhagen. Denmark

Background imageDarkness Collection: Europe at night, satellite image

Europe at night, satellite image. City lights (yellow) of increasing intensity show areas of increasing population, with areas of few lights being more sparsely populated

Background imageDarkness Collection: Whole Earth at night, satellite image

Whole Earth at night, satellite image
Whole Earth map at night, satellite image. Here, Africa is seen at centre. City lights (yellow) of increasing intensity show areas of increasing population

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Lace Maker, 1662. Artist: Gaspar Netscher

The Lace Maker, 1662. Artist: Gaspar Netscher
The Lace Maker, 1662. Painting held at The Wallace Collection, London. From The Connoisseur Volume XLIII. [The Connoisseur Ltd. London, 1915]

Background imageDarkness Collection: Europe at night, satellite image

Europe at night, satellite image. City lights (yellow) show areas of dense population. There are few lights in North Africa (bottom) and the Arctic (top) since they are more sparsely populated

Background imageDarkness Collection: Myth / German and Norse

Myth / German and Norse
The wolves Skoll (repulsion) and Hati (hate) pursue Sol (sun) and Mani (moon) across the skies; if they should catch them, the world will be plunged again into darkness

Background imageDarkness Collection: Fireworks explode behind the Big Ben clock tower during New Year celebrations in London

Fireworks explode behind the Big Ben clock tower during New Year celebrations in London January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Background imageDarkness Collection: Billy Higgins and David Williams, Ronnie Scotts, Soho, London, Sep 1993. Artist: Brian O Connor

Billy Higgins and David Williams, Ronnie Scotts, Soho, London, Sep 1993. Artist: Brian O Connor
Billy Higgins and David Williams, Ronnie Scott s, Soho, London, Sep 1993

Background imageDarkness Collection: In Manus Tuas Domine!, 1879, (1918). Artist: Briton Riviere

In Manus Tuas Domine!, 1879, (1918). Artist: Briton Riviere
In Manus Tuas Domine!, 1879, (1918). Painting held at the Manchester City Galleries, Manchester. From Bibbys Annual 1918, edited by Joseph Bibby. [The Priory Publishing Press, Liverpool, 1917]

Background imageDarkness Collection: Night sky with millions of stars over Mt. Grossglockner (3798m) in the National Park Hohe Tauern

Night sky with millions of stars over Mt. Grossglockner (3798m) in the National Park Hohe Tauern. Europe, Central Europe, Austria, September

Background imageDarkness Collection: Witch with her black cat

Witch with her black cat
Witch casting a spell accompanied by a raven and a black cat. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDarkness Collection: South America at night, satellite image

South America at night, satellite image. City lights (yellow) show areas of dense population, particularly in North America (top left) and South Americas coasts

Background imageDarkness Collection: North America at night, satellite image

North America at night, satellite image. City lights (yellow) show areas of dense population, particularly in North America (upper centre)

Background imageDarkness Collection: Holmes Lashed Furiously, 1892. Artist: Sidney E Paget

Holmes Lashed Furiously, 1892. Artist: Sidney E Paget
Holmes Lashed Furiously, 1892. Illustration from The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle. From The Strand Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly - Vol. III

Background imageDarkness Collection: USA, North America, Florida

USA, North America, Florida
North America, USA, Florida, Orlando. Globe ball of Epcot Center at Walt Disney World

Background imageDarkness Collection: Book of the Dead / 28

Book of the Dead / 28
The coot, the lotus, and the god who lightens the darkness, illustrating transformations

Background imageDarkness Collection: Lioness coming out of the darkness

Lioness coming out of the darkness
Emma Allen-Rowlandson

Background imageDarkness Collection: A Lady Sewing in an Interior, (oil on canvas)

A Lady Sewing in an Interior, (oil on canvas)
658653 A Lady Sewing in an Interior, (oil on canvas) by Enjolras, Delphin (1857-1945); 73x64 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: A Lady Sewing in an Interior. Delphin Enjolras (1857-1945)

Background imageDarkness Collection: A Moonlit Woodland Scene, 19th century

A Moonlit Woodland Scene, 19th century
3928551 A Moonlit Woodland Scene, 19th century by Ottoman School, (19th Century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Migirdic Givanian or Mekeritch Civanian (Turkish-Armenian 1848-1906)); Turkish

Background imageDarkness Collection: The moon is seen rising behind the Seven Sisters Cliffs at Birling Gap in East Sussex

The moon is seen rising behind the Seven Sisters Cliffs at Birling Gap in East Sussex, Britain, September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Background imageDarkness Collection: CM24 5767 Christophe Brunhes, Francois Dumez, Geoffroy de Lacretelle, Alpine Renault

CM24 5767 Christophe Brunhes, Francois Dumez, Geoffroy de Lacretelle, Alpine Renault
Christophe Brunhes, Francois Dumez, Geoffroy de Lacretelle, Alpine Renault A310 V6 Gr IV, Plateau 6, Grid 6, 1972-1981 cars, Le Mans Classic 2018, July 2018, Le Mans, France, circuit racing, Classic

Background imageDarkness Collection: Piccadilly Circus and River Thames at night, Londo

Piccadilly Circus and River Thames at night, Londo
Aerial view of Soho, London

Background imageDarkness Collection: Southeast Asia at night, satellite image

Southeast Asia at night, satellite image
Southeast Asia at night. Satellite image of the Earth seen at 18:00 (6pm) GMT (UCT), centred on China. City lights (yellow) show areas of dense population, particularly in India (left)

Background imageDarkness Collection: Whole Earth at night, satellite image

Whole Earth at night, satellite image. This map is centred on the Greenwich meridian, at zero degrees latitude. City lights (yellow) show areas of dense population

Background imageDarkness Collection: Paolo and Francesca da Rimini, 1863 (oil on canvas)

Paolo and Francesca da Rimini, 1863 (oil on canvas)
989657 Paolo and Francesca da Rimini, 1863 (oil on canvas) by Dore, Gustave (1832-83); 280.6x193.6 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Paolo and Francesca da Rimini. Gustave Dore (1832-1883)

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Moon Nymph, 1883 (oil on canvas laid down on board)

The Moon Nymph, 1883 (oil on canvas laid down on board)
989893 The Moon Nymph, 1883 (oil on canvas laid down on board) by Falero, Luis Riccardo (1851-96); 50.7x76.2 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Moon Nymph. Luis Riccardo Falero (1851-1896)

Background imageDarkness Collection: Gathering Plums, 1901, (c1930). Creator: Henry Herbert la Thangue

Gathering Plums, 1901, (c1930). Creator: Henry Herbert la Thangue
Gathering Plums, 1901, (c1930). A young woman and boy fill baskets with fallen fruit in an orchard with a stream running through it. Painting in the Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

Background imageDarkness Collection: CM24 5567 Robert Crofton, Datsun 240Z

CM24 5567 Robert Crofton, Datsun 240Z
Robert Crofton, Datsun 240Z, Plateau 6, Grid 6, 1972-1981 cars, Le Mans Classic 2018, July 2018, Le Mans, France, circuit racing, Classic, classic cars, Classic Racing Cars, France, historic cars

Background imageDarkness Collection: Suffragette Militant Attack on Golf Course

Suffragette Militant Attack on Golf Course. A Suffragette under cover of darkness, pours acid on the golf course, unaware shes being watched

Background imageDarkness Collection: London at night: Manchester Square (b / w photo)

London at night: Manchester Square (b / w photo)
6006207 London at night: Manchester Square (b/w photo) by Burdekin, Harold (1899-1944); Private Collection; (add.info.: Manchester Square)

Background imageDarkness Collection: Blind Pew, illustration from Treasure Island, 1911 (colour litho)

Blind Pew, illustration from Treasure Island, 1911 (colour litho)
1163351 Blind Pew, illustration from Treasure Island, 1911 (colour litho) by Wyeth, Newell Convers (1882-1945); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDarkness Collection: In the middle of the Indian forest, a man waits for the train near the railway line (Colour Litho)

In the middle of the Indian forest, a man waits for the train near the railway line (Colour Litho)
2778091 In the middle of the Indian forest, a man waits for the train near the railway line (Colour Litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDarkness Collection: A Question of Propriety, 1875 (oil on canvas)

A Question of Propriety, 1875 (oil on canvas)
658474 A Question of Propriety, 1875 (oil on canvas) by Long, Edwin Longsden (1829-91); 132x215 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: A Question of Propriety. Edwin Long (1829-1891). Oil on canvas

Background imageDarkness Collection: Cafe at Biskra, Algeria, 1884. Creator: Frederick Arthur Bridgman

Cafe at Biskra, Algeria, 1884. Creator: Frederick Arthur Bridgman
Cafe at Biskra, Algeria, 1884

Background imageDarkness Collection: At the Races, c1866-1868, (1937). Creator: Edgar Degas

At the Races, c1866-1868, (1937). Creator: Edgar Degas
At the Races, c1866-1868, (1937). The Parade, or Race Horses in front of the Stands. Painting in the Musee d Orsay, Paris. From " The Impressionists" by Wilhelm Uhde

Background imageDarkness Collection: Rothesay Pier, Rothesay, Bute, Scotland at night

Rothesay Pier, Rothesay, Bute, Scotland at night
Rothesay Pier, Scotland at night. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageDarkness Collection: Interior of The restaurant Brunel at night. Tables with glasses, knives, ofrks, glasses

Interior of The restaurant Brunel at night. Tables with glasses, knives, ofrks, glasses. Candles. Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence, Alpes Cote d Azur, France, Europe

Background imageDarkness Collection: First World War - Blackout cartoon postcard

First World War - Blackout cartoon postcard
Hoping to see more of you - mindful of the blackout enforced in London during World War one, this couple look forward to getting a better view of each other when their paths next cross

Background imageDarkness Collection: The Battle of Pacocha; Action between HMS Shah and Ameth

The Battle of Pacocha; Action between HMS Shah and Ameth
Engraving showing the battle between HMS Shah and Amethyst and the Peruvian Ironclad turret ship Huascar on the 29th May 1877

Background imageDarkness Collection: Australia at night, satellite image

Australia at night, satellite image. City lights (yellow) show areas of more dense population, particularly in Southeast Asia (top left) and on Australias east coast

Background imageDarkness Collection: Woman and Child (Silence), 1855 / 60. Creator: Jean Francois Millet

Woman and Child (Silence), 1855 / 60. Creator: Jean Francois Millet
Woman and Child (Silence), 1855/60

Background imageDarkness Collection: Andromeda, 1869 (oil on canvas)

Andromeda, 1869 (oil on canvas)
989658 Andromeda, 1869 (oil on canvas) by Dore, Gustave (1832-83); 255.2x171.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Andromeda. Gustave Dore (1832-1883). Oil on canvas. Signed and dated 1869

Background imageDarkness Collection: Wet winter evening and a book lover in Bloomsbury (b / w photo)

Wet winter evening and a book lover in Bloomsbury (b / w photo)
3637677 Wet winter evening and a book lover in Bloomsbury (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Wet winter evening and a book lover in Bloomsbury)

Background imageDarkness Collection: Twilight on Lake Leman in Bon Port, 1876 (oil on canvas)

Twilight on Lake Leman in Bon Port, 1876 (oil on canvas)
989723 Twilight on Lake Leman in Bon Port, 1876 (oil on canvas) by Courbet, Gustave (1819-77); 60x81 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDarkness Collection: Sea of Darkness from Sebastien Munster's Cosmographie Universalis, 1550 (woodcut)

Sea of Darkness from Sebastien Munster's Cosmographie Universalis, 1550 (woodcut)
1147340 Sea of Darkness from Sebastien Munster's Cosmographie Universalis, 1550 (woodcut) by German School, (16th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark Pictures; German, out of copyright

Background imageDarkness Collection: Battersea Power Station flood illuminated for the Festival of Britain, 27th May 1951

Battersea Power Station flood illuminated for the Festival of Britain, 27th May 1951



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"Embracing the Shadows: Exploring the Depths of Darkness" In a world where light reigns supreme, darkness holds its own allure, and is in this absence of light that hidden wonders and mysteries come to life. From masterpieces like Rembrandt van Rijn's "Supper at Emmaus" and Diego Velazquez's "Old Woman Cooking Eggs, " we witness how they are enhance beauty, adding depth and intrigue to every stroke. Looking down from above, satellite images reveal Europe at night, a tapestry of twinkling lights that illuminate cities while leaving vast expanses shrouded in darkness. Fireworks explode behind the iconic Big Ben clock tower during New Year celebrations in London, casting fleeting bursts of brilliance against the darkened sky. Zooming out further into space, we encounter an astonishing sight - the whole Earth at night. A breathtaking mosaic of illuminated continents contrasting with oceans swallowed by shadows. Yet even amidst this vast expanse of darkness, humanity thrives as pockets of light dot our planet. Delving into mythology, we uncover ancient tales woven around darkness. Germanic and Norse myths depict gods battling creatures lurking within shadowed realms; their stories reminding us that even heroes must confront their darkest fears to triumph over adversity. Artistic expressions continue to capture our fascination with darkness. Briton Riviere's masterpiece "In Manus Tuas Domine. " portrays a lone figure seeking solace amidst encroaching shadows – a poignant reminder that sometimes it is through embracing our own inner darkness that we find strength and resilience. Nature too offers glimpses into the enigmatic realm of nighttime wonderment. The night sky reveals itself adorned with millions of stars over Mt Grossglockner in Austria's National Park Hohe Tauern – an ethereal spectacle inviting contemplation beneath its celestial canopy. Yet not all associations with it can serene or mystical; folklore often intertwines witches with black cats as symbols steeped in superstition.