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Symbole Collection

"Symbolism Unveiled: Exploring the Power of Visual Language" Symbols have long been a powerful means of communication, transcending time and language barriers

Background imageSymbole Collection: Vivien, 1863 (oil on canvas)

Vivien, 1863 (oil on canvas)
MAN62976 Vivien, 1863 (oil on canvas) by Sandys, Anthony Frederick Augustus (1829-1904); 64x52.5 cm; Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageSymbole Collection: Saint Luke healing the hydropic child, 17th century (painting)

Saint Luke healing the hydropic child, 17th century (painting)
7129357 Saint Luke healing the hydropic child, 17th century (painting) by Lanfranco, Giovanni (1582-1647); Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

Background imageSymbole Collection: Lysistrata and his allies defending the access of the acropolis to men by farts, 1896 (litho)

Lysistrata and his allies defending the access of the acropolis to men by farts, 1896 (litho)
AIS5356057 Lysistrata and his allies defending the access of the acropolis to men by farts, 1896 (litho) by Beardsley, Aubrey (1872-98); 32x25 cm; (add.info)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Statue of St Luke as a bull, La Sagrada Familia, begun 1882 (photo)

Statue of St Luke as a bull, La Sagrada Familia, begun 1882 (photo)
7268944 Statue of St Luke as a bull, La Sagrada Familia, begun 1882 (photo) by Gaudi, Antoni (1852-1926); Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Background imageSymbole Collection: Allegory of Music, 1649 (oil on canvas)

Allegory of Music, 1649 (oil on canvas)
7259975 Allegory of Music, 1649 (oil on canvas) by La Hire or La Hyre, Laurent de (1606-56); 105.7 x 144.1 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Background imageSymbole Collection: Virgins; Angels; Archangels; Virtues; Powers; Dominations (engraving)

Virgins; Angels; Archangels; Virtues; Powers; Dominations (engraving)
7182256 Virgins; Angels; Archangels; Virtues; Powers; Dominations (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSymbole Collection: The sacrifice of the rose A naked young woman in front of an altar of sacrifice on which

The sacrifice of the rose A naked young woman in front of an altar of sacrifice on which
JLJ4643165 The sacrifice of the rose A naked young woman in front of an altar of sacrifice on which is laid a rose (her virginite?) and a creature ailee

Background imageSymbole Collection: Self-Portrait with Five Muses, c. 1880 (oil on paper mounted to board)

Self-Portrait with Five Muses, c. 1880 (oil on paper mounted to board)
XOS5884673 Self-Portrait with Five Muses, c. 1880 (oil on paper mounted to board) by Church, Henry (1836-1908); 73.3x59.7 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageSymbole Collection: Ornate Plate with Elephant Carvings (silver)

Ornate Plate with Elephant Carvings (silver)
UIG5431033 Ornate Plate with Elephant Carvings (silver) by Thai School; Dorling Kindersley/UIG

Background imageSymbole Collection: Hand of Justice from the Coronation of Napoleon I, 1804 (ivory, gilded silver, gold)

Hand of Justice from the Coronation of Napoleon I, 1804 (ivory, gilded silver, gold, precious stones)
8618066 Hand of Justice from the Coronation of Napoleon I, 1804 (ivory, gilded silver, gold, precious stones) by Biennais

Background imageSymbole Collection: Narmer palette (back), 22nd century BC (relief)

Narmer palette (back), 22nd century BC (relief)
8585767 Narmer palette (back), 22nd century BC (relief) by Egyptian; Egyptian National Museum, Cairo, Egypt; (add.info.: Narmer palette (back) or Hierakonpolis Large palette

Background imageSymbole Collection: Narmer palette (front), 22nd century BC (relief)

Narmer palette (front), 22nd century BC (relief)
8585746 Narmer palette (front), 22nd century BC (relief) by Egyptian; Egyptian National Museum, Cairo, Egypt; (add.info.: Narmer palette (front) or Hierakonpolis Large palette

Background imageSymbole Collection: Ouroboros, symbol of inifinite, 15th century (miniature)

Ouroboros, symbol of inifinite, 15th century (miniature)
7422842 Ouroboros, symbol of inifinite, 15th century (miniature) by French School, (15th century); (add.info.: Science. Mathematics. Ouroboros, snake eating his own tail, symbol of inifinite)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Queen of Egypt of the Fourth Dynasty, Philae Temple

Queen of Egypt of the Fourth Dynasty, Philae Temple
8588950 Queen of Egypt of the Fourth Dynasty, Philae Temple by Egyptian; Philae, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Temple of Philae, the cult of Isis Queen of Egypt of the IV dynasty)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Boat symbol of life and the sun, Philae temple

Boat symbol of life and the sun, Philae temple
8588863 Boat symbol of life and the sun, Philae temple by Egyptian; Philae, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Temple of Philae, the cult of Isis Boat symbol of life and the sun); © Jean Bernard

Background imageSymbole Collection: Beetle, Tomb of Ramses IX, Luxor

Beetle, Tomb of Ramses IX, Luxor
8587540 Beetle, Tomb of Ramses IX, Luxor by Egyptian; Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Beetle in the center of Udjat's eyes, Tomb of Ramses IX, Luxor

Beetle in the center of Udjat's eyes, Tomb of Ramses IX, Luxor
8587388 Beetle in the center of Udjat's eyes, Tomb of Ramses IX, Luxor by Egyptian; Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Horus, Horus Temple, Edfu (sculpture)

Horus, Horus Temple, Edfu (sculpture)
8587156 Horus, Horus Temple, Edfu (sculpture) by Egyptian; Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Edfu, city located on the left bank of the Nile between Aswan and Luxor Temple of Edfu)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Horus, Kom Ombo Temple (relief)

Horus, Kom Ombo Temple (relief)
8588570 Horus, Kom Ombo Temple (relief) by Egyptian; Temple of Sobek and Haroeris, Kom Ombo, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Kom Ombo Temple, between Luxor and Aswan Horus)

Background imageSymbole Collection: The ram representing the Pharaoh, temple of Horus, Edfu

The ram representing the Pharaoh, temple of Horus, Edfu
8587802 The ram representing the Pharaoh, temple of Horus, Edfu by Egyptian; Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Luxor Temple: Pharaoh wearing a cobra (relief)

Luxor Temple: Pharaoh wearing a cobra (relief)
8585976 Luxor Temple: Pharaoh wearing a cobra (relief) by Egyptian; Temple of Luxor, Luxor, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Pharaoh wearing a cobra, Luxor Temple (relief)

Pharaoh wearing a cobra, Luxor Temple (relief)
8585916 Pharaoh wearing a cobra, Luxor Temple (relief) by Egyptian; Temple of Luxor, Luxor, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Pharaoh, Luxor Temple (relief)

Pharaoh, Luxor Temple (relief)
8585886 Pharaoh, Luxor Temple (relief) by Egyptian; Temple of Luxor, Luxor, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageSymbole Collection: The suicide. 1834 (engraving)

The suicide. 1834 (engraving)
7147161 The suicide. 1834 (engraving) by Bayard, Emile Antoine (1837-91); Private Collection; (add.info.: The suicide. Song by french poet Beranger. ( 1780-1857 ) Design by Emile Bayard

Background imageSymbole Collection: Detail of a Skeleton, base of The Trinity, Basilica Santa Maria Novella, 1425 (fresco)

Detail of a Skeleton, base of The Trinity, Basilica Santa Maria Novella, 1425 (fresco)
3598985 Detail of a Skeleton, base of The Trinity, Basilica Santa Maria Novella, 1425 (fresco) by Masaccio, Tommaso (1401-28); (add.info.: by Tommaso Masaccio); Photo © Raffaello Bencini

Background imageSymbole Collection: Front cover of The Illustrated London News Silver Jubilee Celebrations Number

Front cover of The Illustrated London News Silver Jubilee Celebrations Number, 11th May 1935 (colour litho)
3330299 Front cover of The Illustrated London News Silver Jubilee Celebrations Number, 11th May 1935 (colour litho) by English School

Background imageSymbole Collection: Crocodile, Kom Ombo Temple (sculpture)

Crocodile, Kom Ombo Temple (sculpture)
8588228 Crocodile, Kom Ombo Temple (sculpture) by Egyptian; Temple of Sobek and Haroeris, Kom Ombo, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Allegory of the Chianti region, Italy. Detail. Painting by Giorgio Vasari and his studio

Allegory of the Chianti region, Italy. Detail. Painting by Giorgio Vasari and his studio (1511-1574), 1565
BEN5476244 Allegory of the Chianti region, Italy. Detail. Painting by Giorgio Vasari and his studio (1511-1574), 1565. 16th century Italian mannerism. Ceiling in the Salle dei Cinquecento

Background imageSymbole Collection: Man pulling a cow, Horus temple, Edfu

Man pulling a cow, Horus temple, Edfu
8588903 Man pulling a cow, Horus temple, Edfu by Egyptian; Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt Edfu, a city in Upper Egypt housing the Temple of Horus. Built from 237 to 57 BC)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Pharaoh with Cobra's headdress, Karnac (relief)

Pharaoh with Cobra's headdress, Karnac (relief)
8586113 Pharaoh with Cobra's headdress, Karnac (relief) by Egyptian; Karnak, Luxor, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Representation of the Bee, Valley of the Kings, Luxor

Representation of the Bee, Valley of the Kings, Luxor
8588254 Representation of the Bee, Valley of the Kings, Luxor by Egyptian; Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Zephyra and Flora, 1713-1726 (marble sculpture)

Zephyra and Flora, 1713-1726 (marble sculpture)
7422986 Zephyra and Flora, 1713-1726 (marble sculpture) by Fremin, Rene (1672-1744); Musee et Domaine National de Versailles et de Trianon, Versailles, France; (add.info.: Zephyr and Flora)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Souvenirs of the Eastern Capital on the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido

Souvenirs of the Eastern Capital on the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido
8599108 Souvenirs of the Eastern Capital on the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: The Actor Onoe Baiko III as the Cat Spirit of the Old Temple, 1841 (ink)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Sekhmet, Horus Temple, Edfu

Sekhmet, Horus Temple, Edfu
8587464 Sekhmet, Horus Temple, Edfu by Egyptian; Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Edfu, city located on the left bank of the Nile between Aswan and Luxor Temple of Edfu)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Tomb of Ramses IX, Valley of the Kings, Luxor

Tomb of Ramses IX, Valley of the Kings, Luxor
8587204 Tomb of Ramses IX, Valley of the Kings, Luxor by Egyptian; Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Eagles symbolizing Upper and Lower Egypt, Temple of Horus, Edfu

Eagles symbolizing Upper and Lower Egypt, Temple of Horus, Edfu
8586924 Eagles symbolizing Upper and Lower Egypt, Temple of Horus, Edfu by Egyptian; Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt Edfu, a city in Upper Egypt housing the Temple of Horus)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Eagles symbolizing Upper and Lower Egypt, Temple of Horus, Edfu

Eagles symbolizing Upper and Lower Egypt, Temple of Horus, Edfu
8586497 Eagles symbolizing Upper and Lower Egypt, Temple of Horus, Edfu by Egyptian; Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt Edfu, a city in Upper Egypt housing the Temple of Horus)

Background imageSymbole Collection: The bee symbol of the Pharaoh (relief)

The bee symbol of the Pharaoh (relief)
8586142 The bee symbol of the Pharaoh (relief) by Egyptian; Karnak, Luxor, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Beetle stele (sculpture)

Beetle stele (sculpture)
8586053 Beetle stele (sculpture) by Egyptian; Karnak Temple, Karnak, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes. Capital of pharaohs between the 16th and 11th centuries BC)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Mut and Khnum, Luxor Temple (relief)

Mut and Khnum, Luxor Temple (relief)
8585873 Mut and Khnum, Luxor Temple (relief) by Egyptian; Temple of Luxor, Luxor, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageSymbole Collection: For the united Russia. Bolshevism creep over the heart of Russia with the thick snake ring

For the united Russia. Bolshevism creep over the heart of Russia with the thick snake ring, 1919 (poster)
FIA5373472 For the united Russia. Bolshevism creep over the heart of Russia with the thick snake ring, 1919 (poster) by Russian School (20th century) ; State Historical Museum, Moscow

Background imageSymbole Collection: Re moves on the solar boat, Luxor Temple (relief)

Re moves on the solar boat, Luxor Temple (relief)
8585929 Re moves on the solar boat, Luxor Temple (relief) by Egyptian; Temple of Luxor, Luxor, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Re Brigade, Ninth Group (Kubangumi): (Ichimura Kakitsu IV as) Reizaburō the Little Fox (Kogitsune)

Re Brigade, Ninth Group (Kubangumi): (Ichimura Kakitsu IV as) Reizaburō the Little Fox (Kogitsune), 8th month
8599107 Re Brigade, Ninth Group (Kubangumi): (Ichimura Kakitsu IV as) Reizaburō the Little Fox (Kogitsune), 8th month, 1866 (ink and colour on paper) by Kunichika

Background imageSymbole Collection: Hieroglyps, Pharaoh's Bee and the Horus Falcon, Horus Temple, Edfu

Hieroglyps, Pharaoh's Bee and the Horus Falcon, Horus Temple, Edfu
8587250 Hieroglyps, Pharaoh's Bee and the Horus Falcon, Horus Temple, Edfu by Egyptian; Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Beetle, emblem of royal power, site of Karnac

Beetle, emblem of royal power, site of Karnac
8586035 Beetle, emblem of royal power, site of Karnac by Egyptian; Karnak Temple, Karnak, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageSymbole Collection: Allegory of the city of Arezzo, Italy. Painting by Giorgio Vasari and his studio (1511-1574), 1565

Allegory of the city of Arezzo, Italy. Painting by Giorgio Vasari and his studio (1511-1574), 1565
BEN5476809 Allegory of the city of Arezzo, Italy. Painting by Giorgio Vasari and his studio (1511-1574), 1565. 16th century Italian mannerism. Ceiling in the Salle dei Cinquecento



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"Symbolism Unveiled: Exploring the Power of Visual Language" Symbols have long been a powerful means of communication, transcending time and language barriers. From ancient artworks to modern-day masterpieces, they hold the key to unraveling hidden meanings and conveying profound messages. In Saint Luke healing the hydropic child, a 17th-century painting, we witness the symbol of hope as this saint brings relief to an afflicted child. The Allegory of Music, depicted in a 1649 oil on canvas masterpiece, showcases how music can transcend boundaries and touch our souls. The Statue of St Luke as a bull at La Sagrada Familia is a testament to the enduring symbolism associated with animals. This sculpture begun in 1882 represents strength and resilience. Moving forward in time, we encounter Fascist justice portrayed through "Justice sitting on the trunk of the Tree of Good and Evil" at Milan's Palace of Justice in 1936. This marble bas-relief serves as a chilling reminder that symbols can be manipulated for political purposes. Delving into engravings from centuries past, The Emperor Maximilian captures regal power while At thirty deniers illustrates an unsettling antisemitic cartoon from 1909 that reminds us symbols can also perpetuate harmful stereotypes. Religious symbolism takes center stage with The Adoration of the Lamb engraving from 1498 and Frontispiece depicting Apocalupsis cum figuris from 1511. These intricate works invite contemplation about faith and spirituality. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse engraving provokes thoughts on mortality while Death as the poor man's friend challenges societal perceptions surrounding death itself. Saint George and the Dragon handwritten artwork from 1508 highlights bravery against adversity while The vision of seven candlesticks engraving transports us into biblical realms filled with mystery and revelation. Through these diverse examples spanning centuries, we come face-to-face with humanity's fascination for symbols.