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Friars Collection

"Friars: Guardians of Faith, Compassion, and Community" they have long been revered as spiritual leaders and exemplars of selflessness

Background imageFriars Collection: Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi (Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone 1182-1226) - Catholic deacon and preacher and founder of the Order of Friars Minor, more commonly known as the Franciscans

Background imageFriars Collection: Ramon Llull (1235-1316). Breviculum Codex. Miniature. Baden

Ramon Llull (1235-1316). Breviculum Codex. Miniature. Baden
Ramon Llull (1235-1316). Breviculum Codex. Miniature. Llull preaching. Parchment 92. Page 5r. Baden Memorial Library. Karlsruhe. Germany

Background imageFriars Collection: Cricket in Coventry

Cricket in Coventry
Cricket played on Grey Friars Green, Coventry

Background imageFriars Collection: St. Jerome and Lion in the Monastery, 1501-09 (oil on canvas)

St. Jerome and Lion in the Monastery, 1501-09 (oil on canvas)
XIR60932 St. Jerome and Lion in the Monastery, 1501-09 (oil on canvas) by Carpaccio, Vittore (c.1460/5-1523/6); Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Venice

Background imageFriars Collection: John Of God, Saint (1495-1550). Portuguese religious

John Of God, Saint (1495-1550). Portuguese religious man, founder of the ador de la Order of Charity or of Hospitallers (Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God)

Background imageFriars Collection: Plate 80 from Los Caprichos : It is time (Ya es hora. ), 1799. Creator: Francisco Goya

Plate 80 from Los Caprichos : It is time (Ya es hora. ), 1799. Creator: Francisco Goya
Plate 80 from Los Caprichos : It is time (Ya es hora.), 1799

Background imageFriars Collection: The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on canvas)

The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on canvas)
7393515 The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on canvas) by Callot, Jacques (1592-1635) (after); 47 x 72 cm; Fondation Glenat, Grenoble, France; © Fonds Glenat

Background imageFriars Collection: Thursday, 1880, (c1902). Creator: Unknown

Thursday, 1880, (c1902). Creator: Unknown
Thursday, 1880, (c1902). After a painting, also known as Tomorrow will be Friday, in the Tate Gallery, London. A group of Franciscans fishing, as they were forbidden to eat meat on Fridays

Background imageFriars Collection: Abbeville, France - Abbey of Saint Riquier

Abbeville, France - Abbey of Saint Riquier founded in 799 Date: circa 1850s

Background imageFriars Collection: Thomas Becket (c. 1118-70) washing the feet of beggars (engraving)

Thomas Becket (c. 1118-70) washing the feet of beggars (engraving)
KW212275 Thomas Becket (c.1118-70) washing the feet of beggars (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; Ken Welsh; English, out of copyright

Background imageFriars Collection: Friars Shot Pool Fishing

Friars Shot Pool Fishing
Scottish salmon fishermen fishing in the Friars Shot Pool of the River Ness. In the background is the town of Inverness with its castle, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Background imageFriars Collection: Francesco Di Paolo

Francesco Di Paolo
saint FRANCESCO DI PAOLO Italian hermit who founded the order of Minim friars. He is credited with many miracles and had the gift of prophecy

Background imageFriars Collection: Friars in the historic center

Friars in the historic center
Nicodemo Quaglia

Background imageFriars Collection: Our Lady of Good Counsel, c.1680 (oil on copper)

Our Lady of Good Counsel, c.1680 (oil on copper)
XOS5884700 Our Lady of Good Counsel, c.1680 (oil on copper) by Perez, Bartolomeo (1634-93); 50x40 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: Painting Bartolome Perez)

Background imageFriars Collection: Franciscan in Prayer (charcoal on paper)

Franciscan in Prayer (charcoal on paper)
3598767 Franciscan in Prayer (charcoal on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze, Toscana)

Background imageFriars Collection: Statue of Girolamo Savonarola (1452-98) (photo)

Statue of Girolamo Savonarola (1452-98) (photo)
7425645 Statue of Girolamo Savonarola (1452-98) (photo) by Pazzi, Enrico (1819-99); Ferrara, Italy; (add.info.: Dominican Prior of San Marco; hanged)

Background imageFriars Collection: Berthold Schwartz, german chemist, 1865 (engraving)

Berthold Schwartz, german chemist, 1865 (engraving)
7345958 Berthold Schwartz, german chemist, 1865 (engraving) by Montaut, Henri de (1829-89); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFriars Collection: A holy man. 1866 (engraving)

A holy man. 1866 (engraving)
7147159 A holy man. 1866 (engraving) by Bayard, Emile Antoine (1837-91); Private Collection; (add.info.: A holy man. Song by Beranger, french poet ( 1780-01857 ) Design by E

Background imageFriars Collection: The Marriage of St Catherine of Siena, detail of St. Augustine and Dominican Beatus

The Marriage of St Catherine of Siena, detail of St. Augustine and Dominican Beatus
BAL99056 The Marriage of St Catherine of Siena, detail of St. Augustine and Dominican Beatus, c.1481-1500 (tempera & oil on wood) by Lorenzo d'Alessandro da Severino II

Background imageFriars Collection: William Wallace, Scottish leader, talking to two Dominican friars who were acting as

William Wallace, Scottish leader, talking to two Dominican friars who were acting as messengers for the English before the Battle of Stirling Bridge, 11 September 1297

Background imageFriars Collection: Horse riding monk, Protato Church, Karies, Mount Athos, Chalkidiki, Greece

Horse riding monk, Protato Church, Karies, Mount Athos, Chalkidiki, Greece

Background imageFriars Collection: Grey Friar's Tower, Richmond in the 1930s

Grey Friar's Tower, Richmond in the 1930s

Background imageFriars Collection: Sudbury Friar's Street early 1900s

Sudbury Friar's Street early 1900s

Background imageFriars Collection: Friars Schott Inverness Victorian period

Friars Schott Inverness Victorian period

Background imageFriars Collection: Black Friars Monastery, St Andrews, Scotland

Black Friars Monastery, St Andrews, Scotland Date: circa 1905

Background imageFriars Collection: Friar's Crag, Derwentwater, Lake District, Cumbria

Friar's Crag, Derwentwater, Lake District, Cumbria
Friar's Crag, Derwentwater and Causey Pike, Lake District, Cumbria - Painted by landscape artist Alfred Robert Quinton for the Sevenoaks based publishing and printing company J

Background imageFriars Collection: John of Austria (1547-1578). Spanish military

John of Austria (1547-1578). Spanish military. illegitimate son of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Presentation of John of Austria to Emperor Charles V at Yuste

Background imageFriars Collection: Charles II, called the Bewitched (1661-1700). King of Spain

Charles II, called the Bewitched (1661-1700). King of Spain (1665-1700). It was believed that the king was under the influence of an evil spell

Background imageFriars Collection: Saint Jerome in his Study. Detail. Castilian School

Saint Jerome in his Study. Detail. Castilian School
Master of the Parral (active 1480-1500). Saint Jerome in his Study. Detail. Castilian School, about 1480-1490. Lazaro Galdiano Museum. Madrid. Spain

Background imageFriars Collection: Saint Jerome in his Study. Castilian School, about 1480-1490

Saint Jerome in his Study. Castilian School, about 1480-1490
Master of the Parral (active 1480-1500). Saint Jerome in his Study. Castilian School, about 1480-1490. Lazaro Galdiano Museum. Madrid. Spain

Background imageFriars Collection: Grey Friars Row, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Grey Friars Row, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk Date: 1907

Background imageFriars Collection: St. Francis

St. Francis
A painting of Saint Francis of Assisi, an Italian catholic friar, deacon and mystic. He is one of the most venerated figures in Christianity who founded the men's Order of Friars Minor

Background imageFriars Collection: Embarkation of Christopher Columbus at Palos de la Frontera

Embarkation of Christopher Columbus at Palos de la Frontera
Discovery of America. Embarkation of Christopher Columbus at Palos de la Frontera (Spain), on August 3, 1492. Engraving. Museo Militar, 1883. Later colouration. Date: 2020

Background imageFriars Collection: Shodfriars Hall, South Street, Boston, Lincolnshire

Shodfriars Hall, South Street, Boston, Lincolnshire - despite appearances, little is actually left of the original structure following major restoration in 1874

Background imageFriars Collection: Sicily - Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo

Sicily - Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo
Black and white Victorian lantern slide of an interior view of the Capuchin Catacombs. Orignially only intended for dead friars, it laster became a status symbols to be entombed in the catacomb

Background imageFriars Collection: Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Evacuation of

Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Evacuation of 4000 Basque children to England (May 1937), operation made with the cooperation of the British Catholic Church

Background imageFriars Collection: Paintings for the Library of the Merced Calzada in Seville: friar Hernando De Santiago

Paintings for the Library of the Merced Calzada in Seville: friar Hernando De Santiago, 1633 (oil on canvas)
7413374 Paintings for the Library of the Merced Calzada in Seville: friar Hernando De Santiago, 1633 (oil on canvas) by Zurbaran, Francisco de (1598-1664); 199x122

Background imageFriars Collection: St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata, c. 1430 (tempera and gold on wood)

St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata, c. 1430 (tempera and gold on wood)
XOS5887425 St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata, c. 1430 (tempera and gold on wood) by Bicci di Lorenzo, (1373-1452); 21.7x32 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

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3673727

Background imageFriars Collection: 3673904

3673904

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7413370

Background imageFriars Collection: View of the Grande Chartreuse convent (Oil on canvas)

View of the Grande Chartreuse convent (Oil on canvas)
7393488 View of the Grande Chartreuse convent (Oil on canvas) by French School, (19th century); 51 x 78 cm; Fondation Glenat, Grenoble, France; © Fonds Glenat

Background imageFriars Collection: Franciscan - from drawing by Matthew Paris

Franciscan - from drawing by Matthew Paris
3787848 Franciscan - from drawing by Matthew Paris; (add.info.: Franciscan - from drawing by Matthew Paris. Member of Roman Catholic religious order founded by Saint Francis of Assisi)

Background imageFriars Collection: The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 17th Century (Oil on canvas)

The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 17th Century (Oil on canvas)
7393535 The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 17th Century (Oil on canvas) by Heemskerk, Egbert van the Elder (1634/5-1704); 54 x 40, 6 cm; Fondation Glenat, Grenoble, France; © Fonds Glenat

Background imageFriars Collection: The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on wood)

The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on wood)
7393516 The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on wood) by Stevens, Pieter (1567-1624); 56, 5 x 99, 7 cm; Fondation Glenat, Grenoble, France; © Fonds Glenat

Background imageFriars Collection: St. Jerome taking a thorn from the lion's paw, 1436 (painting on wood)

St. Jerome taking a thorn from the lion's paw, 1436 (painting on wood)
885900 St.Jerome taking a thorn from the lion's paw, 1436 (painting on wood) by Paolo, Giovanni di (c.1389-1482); Archivio di Stato, Siena

Background imageFriars Collection: Representation of Saint Francis of Assisi (painting on wood)

Representation of Saint Francis of Assisi (painting on wood)
885771 Representation of Saint Francis of Assisi (painting on wood) by Margaritone, di Magnano da Arezzo (1216-93); Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena, Tuscany

Background imageFriars Collection: Father Gregory, Monk of the Humiliated Camerlengo, 1324 (painting on wood)

Father Gregory, Monk of the Humiliated Camerlengo, 1324 (painting on wood)
885882 Father Gregory, Monk of the Humiliated Camerlengo, 1324 (painting on wood) by Italian School, (14th century); Archivio di Stato, Siena



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"Friars: Guardians of Faith, Compassion, and Community" they have long been revered as spiritual leaders and exemplars of selflessness. Inspired by the teachings of Saint Francis of Assisi, these devoted individuals dedicate their lives to serving others and spreading love in various corners of the world. From Ramon Llull's Breviculum Codex miniature in Baden to the Cricket matches held in Coventry, they have left an indelible mark on history. Their influence extends beyond religious contexts; they have also inspired great works of art like "The Temptation of Saint Anthony" by Hieronymus Bosch or Francisco Goya's Plate 80 from Los Caprichos. John Of God, a Portuguese religious figure known for his acts of charity and healing, embodies the spirit that drives many friars. His legacy continues to inspire countless individuals today. In Abbeville, France stands the Abbey of Saint Riquier—a testament to the enduring presence and impact they have had throughout centuries. Its grandeur serves as a reminder that faith can transcend time and space. While some may associate friars with solemnity and devotion they can not without moments of leisure. Whether it be playing pool or fishing together like Friar Shot Pool Fishing suggests, these men find joy even amidst their sacred duties. Thomas Becket washing the feet of beggars showcases another facet—humility. This act symbolizes how friars embrace all members of society regardless of social status or background. Capuchin Friars like Francesco Di Paolo continue this tradition today through their commitment to poverty alleviation efforts worldwide. Their tireless work reminds us that compassion knows no boundaries. Even structures such as Grey Friar's Tower in Richmond serve as tangible reminders—silent witnesses—to centuries-old traditions upheld by dedicated friar communities around the globe. Friars embody a timeless dedication to spirituality while actively engaging with society at large.