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Hand Gesture Collection

In the realm of art and history, hand gestures have always held a captivating power to convey messages, emotions, and even hidden meanings

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)

A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c. 1921 (sepia photo)
985676 A signed photograph of Sigmund Freud, c.1921 (sepia photo) by Halberstadt, Max (1882-1940); 35.6x25.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Thangka painting of the Buddha giving a blessing, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia

Thangka painting of the Buddha giving a blessing, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)

Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)
1197530 Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas) by Chierici, Gaetano (1838-1920); 33x42 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water

Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: The Jewel Box, (pencil and watercolour on paper)

The Jewel Box, (pencil and watercolour on paper)
823500 The Jewel Box, (pencil and watercolour on paper) by Simonetti, Ettore (19th century); 75.5x53.3 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Jewel Box. Ettore Simonetti (1857-1909)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: The Fortune Teller, 1899 (oil on canvas)

The Fortune Teller, 1899 (oil on canvas)
989688 The Fortune Teller, 1899 (oil on canvas) by Wontner, William Clark (1857-1930); 81.9x67.9 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Fortune Teller. William Clarke Wontner (1857-1930)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: The Beastie Boys at London Airport, Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock)

The Beastie Boys at London Airport, Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), Adam Yauch (MCA) and Michael Diamond (Mike D). 12th May 1987

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Advertising poster for the aperitif Diablerets (colour lithograph)

Advertising poster for the aperitif Diablerets (colour lithograph)
1770036 Advertising poster for the aperitif Diablerets (colour lithograph) by D Ylen, Jean (1866-1938); 128x90 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Advertising poster for the aperitif Diablerets)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: British pop singer David Bowie performing on stage during the Live Aid concert at Wembley

British pop singer David Bowie performing on stage during the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium. 13th July 1985

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Summer, 1929 (oil on canvas)

Summer, 1929 (oil on canvas)
1195333 Summer, 1929 (oil on canvas) by Benigni, Leon (1892-1948); 59.1 x 43.8 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christies Images

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Portrait of Captain Marshall Roberts, Master of the Fox Hounds, 1926 (oil on canvas)

Portrait of Captain Marshall Roberts, Master of the Fox Hounds, 1926 (oil on canvas)
657942 Portrait of Captain Marshall Roberts, Master of the Fox Hounds, 1926 (oil on canvas) by Orpen, William (1878-1931); 124.5x90.2 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: At Aphrodites Cradle (The Ever-New Horizon), (oil on panel)

At Aphrodites Cradle (The Ever-New Horizon), (oil on panel)
989817 At Aphrodites Cradle (The Ever-New Horizon), (oil on panel) by Alma-Tadema, Lawrence (1836-1912); 49.6x38 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: At Aphrodites Cradle (The Ever-New Horizon)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: A Puppy for My Lady, (oil on canvas)

A Puppy for My Lady, (oil on canvas)
659164 A Puppy for My Lady, (oil on canvas) by Hardy, Heywood (1842-1933); 25.4x68.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: A Puppy for My Lady. Heywood Hardy (1842-1933). Oil on canvas

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) standing up on hind legs, barrier island outside Kaktovik

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) standing up on hind legs, barrier island outside Kaktovik, Alaska, USA. September

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: The Singer, 1902 (oil on canvas)

The Singer, 1902 (oil on canvas)
985406 The Singer, 1902 (oil on canvas) by Shinn, Everett (1876-1953); 67x44.2 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Singer. Everett Shinn (1876-1953). Oil on canvas. Signed and dated 1902

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Anne Hathaway's Cottage, 1945 (oil on canvas laid down on board)

Anne Hathaway's Cottage, 1945 (oil on canvas laid down on board)
828449 Anne Hathaway's Cottage, 1945 (oil on canvas laid down on board) by Bennett, Frank Moss (1874-1953); 25.4x35.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Anne Hathaway's Cottage)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: A Victorian walnut and upholstered sofa covered in a striped velvet with floral petit point panels

A Victorian walnut and upholstered sofa covered in a striped velvet with floral petit point panels (walnut wood)
1765111 A Victorian walnut and upholstered sofa covered in a striped velvet with floral petit point panels (walnut wood, velvet); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Female Nude, 1917 (pastel on paper)

Female Nude, 1917 (pastel on paper)
1195166 Female Nude, 1917 (pastel on paper) by Levy-Dhurmer, Lucien (1865-1953); 92x65.8 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christie's Images

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Jeune Femme au Bouquet (oval oil on canvas, laid down on board)

Jeune Femme au Bouquet (oval oil on canvas, laid down on board)
985524 Jeune Femme au Bouquet (oval oil on canvas, laid down on board) by Sonrel, Elisabeth (1874-1953) (attr. to); 61.2x55.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Queen Isabella of Bavaria, (gouache over traces of pencil on whatman board)

Queen Isabella of Bavaria, (gouache over traces of pencil on whatman board)
827464 Queen Isabella of Bavaria, (gouache over traces of pencil on whatman board) by Dulac, Edmund (1882-1953); 33.4x30.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Queen Isabella of Bavaria)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come: Ebeneezer Scrooge, 1938

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come: Ebeneezer Scrooge, 1938 (pen and black and blue ink wash on board)
823342 The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come: Ebeneezer Scrooge, 1938 (pen and black and blue ink wash on board) by Shinn, Everett (1876-1953); 43.5x38.2 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: The Ghost of Christmas Past: Scrooge at the Schoolhouse, 1938 (watercolour)

The Ghost of Christmas Past: Scrooge at the Schoolhouse, 1938 (watercolour, pen and black ink and pencil on board)
823341 The Ghost of Christmas Past: Scrooge at the Schoolhouse, 1938 (watercolour, pen and black ink and pencil on board) by Shinn

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Feeding the Pheasants, (pencil, pen and black ink and watercolour heightened with bodyco)

Feeding the Pheasants, (pencil, pen and black ink and watercolour heightened with bodyco)
651423 Feeding the Pheasants, (pencil, pen and black ink and watercolour heightened with bodyco) by Sonrel, Elisabeth (1874-1953); 31.7x49.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Feeding the Pheasants)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Pageant of Folly and Repentance, 1907 (oil on canvas)

Pageant of Folly and Repentance, 1907 (oil on canvas)
989433 Pageant of Folly and Repentance, 1907 (oil on canvas) by Bennett, Frank Moss (1874-1953); 81.9x52.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Pageant of Folly and Repentance)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Indians by the Fire, (oil on canvas)

Indians by the Fire, (oil on canvas)
985489 Indians by the Fire, (oil on canvas) by Sharp, Joseph Henry (1859-1953); 50.8x76.2 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Indians by the Fire. Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953). Oil on canvas

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Fragile

Fragile
João Coelho

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Lord Shiva and Parvati on Mount Kailash (oil on canvas)

Lord Shiva and Parvati on Mount Kailash (oil on canvas)
1196628 Lord Shiva and Parvati on Mount Kailash (oil on canvas) by Dhurandhar, Mahadev Vishvanath (1867-1944); 119.4x78.8 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Dhurandhar)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: A Lady Playing the Piano in an Interior, (oil on canvas)

A Lady Playing the Piano in an Interior, (oil on canvas)
651510 A Lady Playing the Piano in an Interior, (oil on canvas) by Madrazo y Garreta, Raimundo de (1841-1920); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Lady Playing the Piano in an Interior)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Yellow Guinea pig standing up and squeaking, against white background

Yellow Guinea pig standing up and squeaking, against white background

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: 1978 British GP

1978 British GP
BRANDS HATCH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 16: Hector Rebaque, Lotus 78 Ford, gesturing during the British GP at Brands Hatch on Sunday July 16, 1978 in West Kingsdown, United Kingdom

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: 1970 Belgian GP

1970 Belgian GP
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM - JUNE 07: Ignazio Giunti, Ferrari 312B during the Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps on June 07, 1970 in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. (Photo by Rainer Schlegelmilch)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Manila and its Environs: View near the Town of Taguig on the Pasig River

Manila and its Environs: View near the Town of Taguig on the Pasig River
1767259 Manila and its Environs: View near the Town of Taguig on the Pasig River (watercolour with bodycolour) by Lozano, Jose Honorato (c.1815-c.85); 24.7x34.3 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Martha Hess as Silence (recto), (pencil and white chalk on buff paper)

Martha Hess as Silence (recto), (pencil and white chalk on buff paper)
824148 Martha Hess as Silence (recto), (pencil and white chalk on buff paper) by Fuseli, Henry (Fussli, Johann Heinrich) (1741-1825); 54.5x33 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Frankie Goes To Hollywood band members pictured at London Airport

Frankie Goes To Hollywood band members pictured at London Airport. Left to right, Peter Gill, Brian Nash, Holly Johnson, Mark O Toole and Paul Rutherford. 28th October 1984

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Henry Kissinger speaking at a press conference, answering questions about his latest book

Henry Kissinger speaking at a press conference, answering questions about his latest book, Years of Upheaval. Claridges Hotel, London. 27th April 1982

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Teenager Steve Harrison scaled the heights of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps climbing wall

Teenager Steve Harrison scaled the heights of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps climbing wall, part of the armys adventure training exhibition at the Tyneside Summer Exhibition. 2nd August 1985

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Young Girl Worshipping Beside Waterfall

Young Girl Worshipping Beside Waterfall

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: A man practices taichi during an eclipse at the Bund along the Huangpu River in Shanghai

A man practices taichi during an eclipse at the Bund along the Huangpu River in Shanghai May 21, 2012. The sun and moon aligned over the earth in a rare astronomical event - an annular eclipse that

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Migrants gesture after boarding a train after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near

Migrants gesture after boarding a train after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija, Macedonia, September 5, 2015

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Experts investigate debris near the site of a deadly blast in central Bangkok

Experts investigate debris near the site of a deadly blast in central Bangkok, Thailand, August 18, 2015. A bomb blast at a popular shrine in Bangkok that killed 22 people including eight foreigners

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Migrant grips barbed wire fence at Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija

Migrant grips barbed wire fence at Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija
A migrant grips a barbed wire fence at the Macedonian-Greek border, near Gevgelija, Macedonia, November 29, 2015. Macedonia, along with other Balkan countries on the migrant route

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: A hand of a migrant touches a bus window at the Croatia-Slovenia border crossing at

A hand of a migrant touches a bus window at the Croatia-Slovenia border crossing at Bregana, Croatia, September 20, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: A Seductive Pose, 1931 (oil on canvas)

A Seductive Pose, 1931 (oil on canvas)
650391 A Seductive Pose, 1931 (oil on canvas) by Christy, Howard Chandler (1873-1952); 99.1x127.6 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: A Seductive Pose. Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: The Art Lesson (oil on canvas)

The Art Lesson (oil on canvas)
827337 The Art Lesson (oil on canvas) by Cecchi, Adriano (1850-1936); 38.7x50.8 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Art Lesson. Adriano Cecchi (1850-1936). Oil on canvas

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Mending the Net, 1892 (oil on canvas)

Mending the Net, 1892 (oil on canvas)
823053 Mending the Net, 1892 (oil on canvas) by Dessar, Louis Paul (1867-1952); 98x79.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Mending the Net. Louis Paul Dessar (1867-1952). Oil on canvas

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: The Looking Glass, (oil on canvas)

The Looking Glass, (oil on canvas)
823109 The Looking Glass, (oil on canvas) by Blenner, Carle J. (1884-1952); 61x50.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Looking Glass. Carle John Blenner (1864-1952). Oil on canvas

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Rising Day (bronze with brown patina)

Rising Day (bronze with brown patina)
1767715 Rising Day (bronze with brown patina) by Weinman, Adolf Alexander (1870-1952); 67.3 (height) cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Rising Day. Adolph Alexander Weinman (1870-1952)

Background imageHand Gesture Collection: Woman with a Hair Chignon; Femme au Chignon, (oil on canvas)

Woman with a Hair Chignon; Femme au Chignon, (oil on canvas)
656864 Woman with a Hair Chignon; Femme au Chignon, (oil on canvas) by Valtat, Louis (1869-1952); 65x45 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Woman with a Hair Chignon; Femme au Chignon)



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In the realm of art and history, hand gestures have always held a captivating power to convey messages, emotions, and even hidden meanings. From the signed photograph of Sigmund Freud in 1921, where his hands seem to emphasize the depth of his psychoanalytical theories, to Mary L. Macomber's enchanting painting "Night and Her Daughter Sleep" depicting delicate hand movements that lull us into dreamland. Traveling back centuries ago, we witness John Trumbull's masterpiece "The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar" capturing soldiers' resolute hand signals as they bravely defend their fortress in 1789. James William Edmund Doyle's poignant artwork "Edward refuses succour to his son at Crecy" transports us to medieval times when a father's outstretched hand denies aid on the battlefield. Venturing further eastward, Alexa Petrov's portrayal of Saint Nicholas of Lipna showcases a serene gesture emanating blessings upon all who behold it. Meanwhile, John Martin's epic painting "Joshua Commanding the Sun to Stand Still upon Gibeon" depicts an awe-inspiring moment frozen in time as Joshua raises his arm towards the heavens with divine authority. From Asia comes a vibrant Thangka painting from Kathmandu illustrating Buddha bestowing his benevolent blessing through graceful hand gestures—a symbol of enlightenment and compassion transcending borders. Delving into satire and caricature, G. Humphrey’s Caricature Shop presents Honi Soi Qui Mal Y Pense—an intriguing glimpse into society where exaggerated gestures mockingly reveal hidden intentions beneath polite facades. Turning our attention to more somber scenes captured by artists like Henry Traut and Charles-Joseph Natoire; their works such as "The Wailing Women" or "The Rebuke of Adam and Eve, " respectively depict hands expressing grief or admonishment—reminders that human experiences are often conveyed through these silent yet powerful gestures.