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Martyrdom Collection

"Martyrdom: A Testament of Faith and Sacrifice" In the hallowed halls of St Albans Abbey in 1802, a profound sense lingers

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: St Albans Abbey 1802

St Albans Abbey 1802
St Albans Cathedral, Hertfordshire. The Abbey was founded in 793 by Offa, King of Mercia, supposedly on the site of the martyrdom of St Alban in A.D. 303

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The Young Martyr (La Jeune Martyre), 1855

The Young Martyr (La Jeune Martyre), 1855. Found in the Collection of Musee du Louvre, Paris

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The Young Martyr, 1855 (oil on canvas)

The Young Martyr, 1855 (oil on canvas)
XIR83595 The Young Martyr, 1855 (oil on canvas) by Delaroche, Hippolyte (Paul) (1797-1856); 170.5x148 cm; Louvre, Paris, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: St Peter ordaining St Stephen Deacon, mid 15th century. Artist: Fra Angelico

St Peter ordaining St Stephen Deacon, mid 15th century. Artist: Fra Angelico
St Peter ordaining St Stephen Deacon, mid 15th century. St Stephen (dc35), a deacon of the early Christian church in Jerusalem, was found guilty of blasphemy by the Sanhedrin

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Posters warning those guilty of illegal oaths were liable to deportation, (1834), 1934

Posters warning those guilty of illegal oaths were liable to deportation, (1834), 1934
Posters warning that people found guilty of uttering illegal oaths were liable to deportation, 1834. On 24th February 1834 local landowners in Dorsetput up posters warning that people found guilty of

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: St Georges Battle with the Dragon, wood engraving, published 1882

St Georges Battle with the Dragon, wood engraving, published 1882
St Georges Battle with the Dragon. Wood engraving after a drawing by Ludwig GlAotzle (German painter, 1847 - 1929). Wood engraving after a painting by Gustav Spangenberg (German painter)

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The Burning Of Cranmer, 1556, (c1850)

The Burning Of Cranmer, 1556, (c1850). Thomas Cranmer was one of the first Anglican martyrs burned for heresy in 1556. Colour plate from Pictures of English History

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: St. Cornelius (engraving)

St. Cornelius (engraving)
XJF342459 St. Cornelius (engraving) by Italian School, (17th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Saint Cornelius (d.253) Pope and Martyr; became Pope in 251; died in exile; ); Italian

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia, 1600 (marble)

Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia, 1600 (marble)
704415 Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia, 1600 (marble) by Maderno, Stefano (1576-1636); Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome, Italy; (add.info.: St Cecilia, Christian martyr of the 2nd century.); Italian

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The fight: St George killing the dragon VI, 1866. Artist: Burne-Jones, Sir Edward Coley

The fight: St George killing the dragon VI, 1866. Artist: Burne-Jones, Sir Edward Coley
The fight: St George killing the dragon VI, 1866. Found in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Saint John the Evangelist. Artist: El Greco, Dominico (1541-1614)

Saint John the Evangelist. Artist: El Greco, Dominico (1541-1614)
Saint John the Evangelist. Found in the collection of Museo del Greco, Toledo

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Saint John the Baptist, 1513-1516. Artist: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Saint John the Baptist, 1513-1516. Artist: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Saint John the Baptist, 1513-1516. Found in the collection of the Louvre, Paris

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Chapel of Saint Polycarp on Mount Pagos, Izmir

Chapel of Saint Polycarp on Mount Pagos, Izmir
Chapel to the martyrdom of (and burial place of) St. Polycarp (Bishop of Smyrna) situated on Mount Pagos (Kadifekale) close to Izmir (Smyrna) Turkey. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Joan the Maid - Kay Nielsen. The Most Noble Warrior Saint in the Christian Calendar

Joan the Maid - Kay Nielsen. The Most Noble Warrior Saint in the Christian Calendar. Date: 1924

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The Virgin of the Rocks, Between 1492 and 1508. Creator: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

The Virgin of the Rocks, Between 1492 and 1508. Creator: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Between 1492 and 1508. Found in the collection of Musee du Louvre, Paris

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Madonna and child with infant John the Baptist, 1542. Artist: Beccafumi, Domenico

Madonna and child with infant John the Baptist, 1542. Artist: Beccafumi, Domenico
Madonna and child with infant John the Baptist, 1542. Found in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Saint John the Forerunner with Saint John Climacus and Saint Theodore Stratelates, after 1571

Saint John the Forerunner with Saint John Climacus and Saint Theodore Stratelates, after 1571. Found in the Collection of State Open-air Museum of History, Architecture and Art, Pskov

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The Crucified Christ with the Virgin Mary, Saints John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene

The Crucified Christ with the Virgin Mary, Saints John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene. Found in the collection of Louvre, Paris

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Edith Cavell, British nurse and humanitarian, c1915, (c1920)

Edith Cavell, British nurse and humanitarian, c1915, (c1920). Edith Cavell (1865-1915) helped hundreds of Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: MARTYRDOM OF ST. DENIS. Last communion, and martyrdom of St. Denis (died c250 A

MARTYRDOM OF ST. DENIS. Last communion, and martyrdom of St. Denis (died c250 A.D.). Painting, c1398-1416, by Henri Bellechose

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Saint Valentine, Saint Stephen and Saint Maximilie, 16th century (engraving)

Saint Valentine, Saint Stephen and Saint Maximilie, 16th century (engraving)
7415654 Saint Valentine, Saint Stephen and Saint Maximilie, 16th century (engraving) by Burgkmair, Hans (c.1473-1531); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Illustration for Foxs Book of Martyrs, 1776 edition (engraving)

Illustration for Foxs Book of Martyrs, 1776 edition (engraving)
2795302 Illustration for Foxs Book of Martyrs, 1776 edition (engraving) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: William Tyndale 1492-1536, c16th century, (1947)

William Tyndale 1492-1536, c16th century, (1947). Part of the collection of the Hertford College, Oxford. From The English Bible, by Sir Herbert Grierson [Collins, London, 1947]

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Sir Thomas More, 1527, (1902). Artist: Hans Holbein the Younger

Sir Thomas More, 1527, (1902). Artist: Hans Holbein the Younger
Sir Thomas More, 1527, (1902). Portrait of More (1478-1535) as Henry VIIIs Lord Chancellor. More refused to subscribe to the Act of Supremacy which made Henry the head of the English Church

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Saint Cecilia, 1823. Artist: Drager, Anton Josef (1794-1833)

Saint Cecilia, 1823. Artist: Drager, Anton Josef (1794-1833)
Saint Cecilia, 1823. Found in the collection of the Schlossmuseum Weilburg

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The Hermitage of Vancouleurs, 1819. Artist: Fleury-Francois Richard

The Hermitage of Vancouleurs, 1819. Artist: Fleury-Francois Richard
The Hermitage of Vancouleurs, 1819. Joan of Arc (c1412-1431), Maid of Orleans, French patriot and martyr, consulting the hermit about the mission that she must accomplish

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Saint Lawrence, c. 1480 / 1490. Creator: Israhel van Meckenem

Saint Lawrence, c. 1480 / 1490. Creator: Israhel van Meckenem
Saint Lawrence, c. 1480/1490

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: St. James Minor, from Christ, Mary and the Apostles, ca. 1590-ca. 1610

St. James Minor, from Christ, Mary and the Apostles, ca. 1590-ca. 1610

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Triptych of the Virgin Mary, tempera on panel, c

Triptych of the Virgin Mary, tempera on panel, c. 1400 to 1430. In the central panel the Virgin and Child among musical angels and in the side tables saints Catherine and Eulalia

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. Artist: Mantegna, Andrea (1431-1506)

The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. Artist: Mantegna, Andrea (1431-1506)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. Found in the collection of Louvre, Paris

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Saint Cecilia between Saint Valerian and Saint Tiburtius with a Donor

Saint Cecilia between Saint Valerian and Saint Tiburtius with a Donor. Artist: Botticini, Francesco (1446-1497)
Saint Cecilia between Saint Valerian and Saint Tiburtius with a Donor. Found in the collection of Thyssen-Bornemisza Collections

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Princess Eudoxia before the Tomb of Saint Stephen. Artist: Vergos Family (active End of 15th cen. y)

Princess Eudoxia before the Tomb of Saint Stephen. Artist: Vergos Family (active End of 15th cen. y)
Princess Eudoxia before the Tomb of Saint Stephen. Found in the collection of Museu Nacional d Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Altar of St. Lucia. Saint Lucia Before The Judge. Artist: Lotto, Lorenzo (1480-1556)

Altar of St. Lucia. Saint Lucia Before The Judge. Artist: Lotto, Lorenzo (1480-1556)
Altar of St. Lucia. Saint Lucia Before The Judge. Found in the collection of Pinacoteca Civica, Jesi

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Saint George and the Dragon, 12th century. Artist: Ancient Russian frescos

Saint George and the Dragon, 12th century. Artist: Ancient Russian frescos
Saint George and the Dragon, 12th century. Found in the collection of the Saint Georges Church, Staraya Ladoga

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Roma - Basilica of St. Caecilia. - Statue of the Saint by Maderno, 1910. Artist: Carlo Maderno

Roma - Basilica of St. Caecilia. - Statue of the Saint by Maderno, 1910. Artist: Carlo Maderno
Roma - Basilica of St. Caecilia. - Statue of the Saint by Maderno, 1910. From Cento Vedute Classiche di Roma. [Enrico Verdesi, Rome, 1910]

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Virgin and Child with Saint Lorenzo Giustiniani and Zeno, 1874, (1903)

Virgin and Child with Saint Lorenzo Giustiniani and Zeno, 1874, (1903)
Virgin and Child with Saint Lorenzo Giustiniani and Zeno, 1874. From The Connoisseur Vol. VII [Otto Limited, London, 1903.]

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The Virgin of the Rocks, Between 1492 and 1508. Artist: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

The Virgin of the Rocks, Between 1492 and 1508. Artist: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Between 1492 and 1508. Found in the collection of the National Gallery, London

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The Death Of Simon De Montfort After Being Struck On The Head By A Stone At The Siege Of Toulouse

The Death Of Simon De Montfort After Being Struck On The Head By A Stone At The Siege Of Toulouse. Simon Iv De Montfort, Seigneur De Montfort-L amaury, 5Th Earl Of Leicester, 1160 To1218

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Jan Hus, C. 1369 To 1415 Aka John Huss. Czech Priest, Philosopher And Reformer

Jan Hus, C. 1369 To 1415 Aka John Huss. Czech Priest, Philosopher And Reformer
Jan Hus, C.1369 To 1415 Aka John Huss. Czech Priest, Philosopher And Reformer. From The Book Of Martyrs By John Foxe, Published C.1865

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The Prophet Daniel and the Erythraean Sibyl, 1492-1495

The Prophet Daniel and the Erythraean Sibyl, 1492-1495. Found in the Collection of Apostolic Palace, Vatican

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The Prophet Obadiah and the Libyan Sibyl, 1492-1495

The Prophet Obadiah and the Libyan Sibyl, 1492-1495. Found in the Collection of Apostolic Palace, Vatican

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The Prophet Haggai and the Cumaean Sibyl, 1492-1495

The Prophet Haggai and the Cumaean Sibyl, 1492-1495. Found in the Collection of Apostolic Palace, Vatican

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: The Prophet Zechariah and the Persian Sibyl, 1492-1495

The Prophet Zechariah and the Persian Sibyl, 1492-1495. Found in the Collection of Apostolic Palace, Vatican

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Saint Andrew. Artist: El Greco, Dominico (1541-1614)

Saint Andrew. Artist: El Greco, Dominico (1541-1614)
Saint Andrew. Found in the collection of Museo del Greco, Toledo

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Saint Nino, Saint Dimitry of Rostov, Holy Martyr Lyubov, and Saint Mary of Egypt, 1904

Saint Nino, Saint Dimitry of Rostov, Holy Martyr Lyubov, and Saint Mary of Egypt, 1904. From a private collection

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Saint Sebastian, ca 1459. Artist: Mantegna, Andrea (1431-1506)

Saint Sebastian, ca 1459. Artist: Mantegna, Andrea (1431-1506)
Saint Sebastian, ca 1459. Found in the collection of the Art History Museum, Vienne

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of the Wheel and The Great Martyr Saint Catherine (c282 - c305). Date: 4th century

Background imageMartyrdom Collection: Statue of San Sebastian, Angra do Heroismo, Azores, Portugal, Europe

Statue of San Sebastian, Angra do Heroismo, Azores, Portugal, Europe



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"Martyrdom: A Testament of Faith and Sacrifice" In the hallowed halls of St Albans Abbey in 1802, a profound sense lingers, echoing the stories of those who gave their lives for their beliefs. As we gaze upon Fra Angelico's masterpiece depicting St Peter ordaining St Stephen Deacon in the mid-15th century, we are reminded of the courage and devotion that led these early Christian martyrs to face persecution with unwavering resolve. The canvas comes alive with "The Young Martyr" painted by an unknown artist in 1855. The haunting beauty captured on this oil painting tells a tale of innocence lost as a young soul embraces martyrdom rather than renouncing her faith. Similarly, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux's "La Jeune Martyre" from the same year portrays another young martyr whose tragic fate serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made throughout history. "The Burning Of Cranmer, " depicted around 1850, transports us to a time when religious conflicts ran deep. This chilling scene reminds us that even prominent figures like Thomas Cranmer were not exempt from persecution for their beliefs. As we delve into historical engravings such as "St George's Battle with the Dragon" published in 1882 or posters warning against illegal oaths from 1834 onwards, we witness how martyrdom extended beyond religious contexts. These depictions reveal individuals standing firm against oppression and injustice at great personal cost. Engravings like "St. Cornelius" and portraits such as William Tyndale's capture moments frozen in time where steadfastness prevailed over fear. They serve as testaments to those who dared challenge societal norms and paid dearly for it. Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones' depiction of St George slaying the dragon further exemplifies martyrdom through its allegorical nature. It symbolizes triumph over evil forces that seek to suppress truth and freedom.