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"Grief: A Universal Language of Loss and Sorrow" In the depths of sorrow, we bid farewell to the old man, a soldier and his loyal horse

Background imageGrief Collection: Goodbye Old Man, solder and horse WWI

Goodbye Old Man, solder and horse WWI
"Goodbye, Old Man" A World War One soldier gives his dying horse a parting kiss. Date: circa 1916

Background imageGrief Collection: The Deposition, 1507 (oil on panel)

The Deposition, 1507 (oil on panel)
XJL62308 The Deposition, 1507 (oil on panel) by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio of Urbino) (1483-1520); 184x176 cm; Galleria Borghese, Rome, Lazio, Italy; (add.info.: Also known as The Entombment)

Background imageGrief Collection: USA, Louisiana, New Orleans. Metairie Cemetery, Fallen Angel at the Chapman-Hyams memorial

USA, Louisiana, New Orleans. Metairie Cemetery, Fallen Angel at the Chapman-Hyams memorial

Background imageGrief Collection: Irish Brigade memorial on Little Round Top, Gettysburg battlefield

Irish Brigade memorial on Little Round Top, Gettysburg battlefield
Irish wolfhound on the monument to NYs Irish Brigade, Little Round Top, Gettysburg Battlefield. Photograph

Background imageGrief Collection: Grief

Grief
A woman holds her head in her arms in this camera study by Hugh Cecil depicting grief

Background imageGrief Collection: Hiawatha / Minnehaha Dies

Hiawatha / Minnehaha Dies
Hiawatha mourns the death of Minnehaha: " Seven long days & nights he sat there."

Background imageGrief Collection: Tilda Swinton in Derek Jarmans Caravaggio (1986)

Tilda Swinton in Derek Jarmans Caravaggio (1986)

Background imageGrief Collection: Double bass propped against a wall, Cienfuegos, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Double bass propped against a wall, Cienfuegos, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Background imageGrief Collection: Depressed Sad Moody Woman Leaning Head Onto Arm Slouched Lean Back Of Chair Seated Depression Stress

Depressed Sad Moody Woman Leaning Head Onto Arm Slouched Lean Back Of Chair Seated Depression Stress
UNITED STATES - Circa 1960s: Depressed Sad Moody Woman Leaning Head Onto Arm Slouched Lean Back Of Chair Seated Depression Stress

Background imageGrief Collection: The Man of Sorrows, 1430 (oil on panel)

The Man of Sorrows, 1430 (oil on panel)
LAF470816 The Man of Sorrows, 1430 (oil on panel) by Campin, Robert (c.1378-1444); 36x28 cm; Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Belgium; © Art in Flanders

Background imageGrief Collection: The Death of the Bullfighter; La Muerte del Torero, (oil on canvas)

The Death of the Bullfighter; La Muerte del Torero, (oil on canvas)
823533 The Death of the Bullfighter; La Muerte del Torero, (oil on canvas) by Villegas y Cordero, Jose (1844-1921); 303x505 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageGrief Collection: The Laying in the Tomb ( The Deposition / The Entombment ), 1602-16044

The Laying in the Tomb ( The Deposition / The Entombment ), 1602-16044. Artist: Michelangelo Caravaggio
The Laying in the Tomb ( The Deposition / The Entombment ), 1602-1604. Mary of Clopas with her arms raised; Mary Magdalene with bowed head; Nicodemus grasps the legs of the dead Christ

Background imageGrief Collection: The wailing women, 1922. Creator: Henry Traut

The wailing women, 1922. Creator: Henry Traut
The wailing women, 1922. Paula Rendl as Mary Magdalene, Martha Veit as the Virgin Mary, Melchior Breitsamter as St John: players in the Oberammergau Passion Play

Background imageGrief Collection: GREECE: THEATRICAL MASK. Ancient Greek bronze mask of tragedy

GREECE: THEATRICAL MASK. Ancient Greek bronze mask of tragedy

Background imageGrief Collection: The Mariner gazes on the ocean and laments his survival while all his fellow sailors have died

The Mariner gazes on the ocean and laments his survival while all his fellow sailors have died
XJF393840 The Mariner gazes on the ocean and laments his survival while all his fellow sailors have died, scene from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by S.T

Background imageGrief Collection: Aristotle crying, conceptual artwork

Aristotle crying, conceptual artwork
Aristotle crying. Conceptual artwork of a bust of the Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC), who is depicted here crying

Background imageGrief Collection: Christ the Comforter: Jesus consoling a grieving British war widow (colour litho)

Christ the Comforter: Jesus consoling a grieving British war widow (colour litho)
7172504 Christ the Comforter: Jesus consoling a grieving British war widow (colour litho) by Copping, Harold (1863-1932); Private Collection; (add.info.: Christ the Comforter)

Background imageGrief Collection: Il pleure dans mon coeur, Comme il pleut sur la ville

Il pleure dans mon coeur, Comme il pleut sur la ville
CHT164090 Il pleure dans mon coeur, Comme il pleut sur la ville... Handwritten poem of Romances Sans Paroles, 1873 (pen and ink on paper) by Verlaine

Background imageGrief Collection: The Widows Chair in the Admiralty Pay-Office, Devonport (engraving)

The Widows Chair in the Admiralty Pay-Office, Devonport (engraving)
1047718 The Widows Chair in the Admiralty Pay-Office, Devonport (engraving) by Barnes, Robert (1840-95); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Widows Chair in the Admiralty Pay-Office, Devonport)

Background imageGrief Collection: Death of the Historical Buddha (Nehan-zu), 14th century. Creator: Unknown

Death of the Historical Buddha (Nehan-zu), 14th century. Creator: Unknown
Death of the Historical Buddha (Nehan-zu), 14th century

Background imageGrief Collection: A Rakes Progress, 1763; plate VIII of VIII. Artist: William Hogarth

A Rakes Progress, 1763; plate VIII of VIII. Artist: William Hogarth
A Rakes Progress, 1763; plate VIII of VIII. True to his nature Tom Rakewell has run through a vast fortune through indulgence in all the luxuries of modern living

Background imageGrief Collection: Louis XVI (1754-93) Taking Leave of his Wife and Family, 1793 (coloured engraving)

Louis XVI (1754-93) Taking Leave of his Wife and Family, 1793 (coloured engraving)
XIR238623 Louis XVI (1754-93) Taking Leave of his Wife and Family, 1793 (coloured engraving) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee Carnavalet, Paris

Background imageGrief Collection: Pieta, oil on panel. Giovanni Bellini (1426-1516) Italian Renaissance painter

Pieta, oil on panel. Giovanni Bellini (1426-1516) Italian Renaissance painter. Mourning over the body of Christ before its entombment. Death Grief

Background imageGrief Collection: Lonely woman

Lonely woman

Background imageGrief Collection: Saint Mary Magdalene penitent, 1625-27 (oil on canvas)

Saint Mary Magdalene penitent, 1625-27 (oil on canvas)
7062918 Saint Mary Magdalene penitent, 1625-27 (oil on canvas) by Cagnacci, Guido (1601-63); Palazzo Corsini, Gallerie Nazionali Barberini Corsini, Rome

Background imageGrief Collection: Deposition, after 1800. Creator: Antonio d Este

Deposition, after 1800. Creator: Antonio d Este
Deposition, after 1800. After a model by Antonio Canova

Background imageGrief Collection: Douleur de Marie-Madeleine (Grief of Mary Magdalene) (litho)

Douleur de Marie-Madeleine (Grief of Mary Magdalene) (litho)
3099043 Douleur de Marie-Madeleine (Grief of Mary Magdalene) (litho) by Lefebvre, Jules Joseph (1836-1911) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageGrief Collection: Mourner from the Tomb of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, 1404-10 (alabaster)

Mourner from the Tomb of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, 1404-10 (alabaster)
3468199 Mourner from the Tomb of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, 1404-10 (alabaster) by Werve, Claus de (1380-1439); 41.7x16.6x11.7 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageGrief Collection: The Shepherds Chief Mourner (engraving)

The Shepherds Chief Mourner (engraving)
1621155 The Shepherds Chief Mourner (engraving) by Landseer, Edwin (1802-73) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Shepherds Chief Mourner)

Background imageGrief Collection: Embossed Victorian mourning card, James Woodhead

Embossed Victorian mourning card, James Woodhead
Embossed Victorian mourning card, with a woman and a girl grieving at a tomb in a cemetery. In Memory of James Woodhead, who departed this life January 14th, 1855, aged 80 years

Background imageGrief Collection: Death Of Socrates, 469 - 399 B. C. Engraved By F. Finden After H. Corbould

Death Of Socrates, 469 - 399 B. C. Engraved By F. Finden After H. Corbould
Death Of Socrates, 469 - 399 B.C. Engraved By F. Finden After H. Corbould, From The Book A History Of Greece By Connop Thirlwall Bishop Of St. Davids

Background imageGrief Collection: Woman sitting in chair, rubbing her feet. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts / Retrofile / Getty)

Woman sitting in chair, rubbing her feet. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts / Retrofile / Getty)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1950s: Woman sitting in chair, rubbing her feet

Background imageGrief Collection: Lamentation of Christ, c.1524 (oil on canvas)

Lamentation of Christ, c.1524 (oil on canvas)
8620083 Lamentation of Christ, c.1524 (oil on canvas) by Correggio, (Antonio Allegri) (c.1489-1534); Galleria Nazionale (Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta), Parma, Emilia-Romagna

Background imageGrief Collection: Lamentation of Christ, c.1510-15 (oil on wood)

Lamentation of Christ, c.1510-15 (oil on wood)
8620045 Lamentation of Christ, c.1510-15 (oil on wood) by Francia, (Francesco di Marco Raibolini) Il (1450-1517); Galleria Nazionale (Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta), Parma, Emilia-Romagna

Background imageGrief Collection: Unfortunate news, 1882 (oil on canvas)

Unfortunate news, 1882 (oil on canvas)
8620201 Unfortunate news, 1882 (oil on canvas) by Scherer, Giorgio (1831-96); Stuard gallery, Parma, Italy; (add.info.: Infausta notizia, 1882, Giorgio Scherer, oil on canvas, Stuard gallery, Parma)

Background imageGrief Collection: Lamentation of Christ, c.1595-1600 (oil on canvas)

Lamentation of Christ, c.1595-1600 (oil on canvas)
8620048 Lamentation of Christ, c.1595-1600 (oil on canvas) by Calvaert or Calvart, Denys (1540-1619); Galleria Nazionale (Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta), Parma, Emilia-Romagna

Background imageGrief Collection: Die Welt

Die Welt
Hans Verleysen

Background imageGrief Collection: The Crucifixion, 1320. Creator: Master of the Pomposa Chapterhouse

The Crucifixion, 1320. Creator: Master of the Pomposa Chapterhouse
The Crucifixion, 1320

Background imageGrief Collection: The Descent from the Cross, 1300. Creator: Master of Forli

The Descent from the Cross, 1300. Creator: Master of Forli
The Descent from the Cross, 1300

Background imageGrief Collection: The Lamentation, 1510. Creator: Ulrich Apt the Elder

The Lamentation, 1510. Creator: Ulrich Apt the Elder
The Lamentation, 1510

Background imageGrief Collection: The Descent from the Cross (recto), 1420. Creator: Anon

The Descent from the Cross (recto), 1420. Creator: Anon
The Descent from the Cross (recto), 1420. This panel, which is painted on both sides, may be the wing of a diptych or a triptych

Background imageGrief Collection: The Lamentation, c1490. Creator: Jan Provoost

The Lamentation, c1490. Creator: Jan Provoost
The Lamentation, c1490. Joseph of Arimathea supports Christ's body as John the Evangelist wipes away a tear and places a consoling hand on the Virgin's shoulder

Background imageGrief Collection: The Entombment, plate 11 from The Passion of Christ, 1596. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius

The Entombment, plate 11 from The Passion of Christ, 1596. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius
The Entombment, plate 11 from The Passion of Christ, 1596

Background imageGrief Collection: Her Majesty the Queen planting the 'Prince Consort's Oak' in Windsor Great Park, 1862

Her Majesty the Queen planting the "Prince Consort's Oak" in Windsor Great Park, 1862. Creator: Unknown
Her Majesty the Queen planting the "Prince Consort's Oak" in Windsor Great Park, 1862. Engraving from a photograph by Mr. Bambridge

Background imageGrief Collection: 'For the Last Time', by Miss E. Osborn, in the Royal Academy Exhibition, 1864. Creator: W Thomas

"For the Last Time", by Miss E. Osborn, in the Royal Academy Exhibition, 1864. Creator: W Thomas
"For the Last Time", by Miss E. Osborn, in the Royal Academy Exhibition, 1864. Engraving of a painting. Question after question involuntarily arises in the mind as we look at these fair

Background imageGrief Collection: 'Achille pleure la mort deAchilles Lamenting the Death of Patroclus

"Achille pleure la mort deAchilles Lamenting the Death of Patroclus
FIA5365171 " Achille pleure la mort deAchilles Lamenting the Death of Patroclus by Gay, Nikolai Nikolajevitch (1831-94); Belorussian National Gallery, Minsk

Background imageGrief Collection: Old man comforting crying woman, 1903

Old man comforting crying woman, 1903
Painting by Louisa Starr Canziani (1845 - 1909) depicting an elderly man comforting a crying young woman after seemingly having read a devastating report in a newspaper about an overseas battle

Background imageGrief Collection: Lamentation over the Dead Christ, 1470-1474, (1930). Creator: Andrea Mantegna

Lamentation over the Dead Christ, 1470-1474, (1930). Creator: Andrea Mantegna
Lamentation over the Dead Christ, 1470-1474, (1930). Dramatically foreshortened view of the body of Jesus Christ, showing his stigmata. Painting in the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, Italy



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"Grief: A Universal Language of Loss and Sorrow" In the depths of sorrow, we bid farewell to the old man, a soldier and his loyal horse, forever etched in the annals of WWI. Their sacrifice echoes through time, just as the Irish Brigade memorial stands tall on Little Round Top at Gettysburg battlefield. Across oceans and continents, grief knows no boundaries. In Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, USA, an angel weeps for those lost souls at the Chapman-Hyams memorial. The weight of sadness transcends cultures and languages. From Hiawatha's heartbreak to Minnehaha's demise, love mourns its own demise. Tilda Swinton's haunting portrayal in Derek Jarman's Caravaggio (1986) captures the essence of melancholy that engulfs us all at times. Depression casts its shadow upon a woman slouched in her chair; her head rests heavily on her arm as she battles with inner demons. The double bass propped against a wall in Cienfuegos speaks volumes about unspoken sorrows lingering within Cuba's vibrant streets. Art has long been a vessel for expressing grief - Saint Mary Magdalene penitent silently confesses her pain through brushstrokes on canvas from 1625-27. While Henry Traut's wailing women unleash their anguish onto paper in 1922. Michelangelo Caravaggio immortalizes "The Laying in the Tomb" with masterful strokes from 1602-1604 - capturing both despair and hope intertwined within our mortal coil. Even ancient Greece recognized grief as an intrinsic part of human existence - bronze masks depicting tragedy remind us that sorrow is woven into our collective narrative since time immemorial. Grief unites us all; it is an emotion that traverses borders and eras alike. Whether bidding adieu to fallen soldiers or mourning lost loved ones, we find solace in the shared experience of sorrow.