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Vigil Collection

"The Power of Vigil: A Timeless Tribute to Remembrance and Hope" In the hallowed halls of history

Background imageVigil Collection: The Nightwatch, 1642 (oil on canvas)

The Nightwatch, 1642 (oil on canvas)
XOS1109206 The Nightwatch, 1642 (oil on canvas) by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-69); 379.5x453.5 cm; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Background imageVigil Collection: The Vigil, c1884, (1938). Artist: John Pettie

The Vigil, c1884, (1938). Artist: John Pettie
The Vigil, c1884. The Vigil of Arms was one of the religious exercises, which in the Middle Ages preceded the conferment of knighthood

Background imageVigil Collection: Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, 1920

Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, 1920
Four sentries stand with heads bowed at the grave of the unknown soldier following the ceremony in Westminster Abbey on Armistice Day, 11 November 1920. 1920

Background imageVigil Collection: Decapoda crabs and shrimps

Decapoda crabs and shrimps: horrid elbow crab, Daldorfia horrida, sentinel crab, Podophthalmus vigil, Gibbs sea spider, Pisa armata, angular crab, Goneplax rhomboides, Solenolambrus tenellus

Background imageVigil Collection: Jean Valjean watching over Cosette asleep, illustration from Les Miserables

Jean Valjean watching over Cosette asleep, illustration from Les Miserables
XIR163457 Jean Valjean watching over Cosette asleep, illustration from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (engraving) by Brion, Gustave (1824-77) (after); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Background imageVigil Collection: Knightly Vigil

Knightly Vigil
A knights vigil at arms

Background imageVigil Collection: San Vigilio di Marebbe, Fanes, Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy, Europe

San Vigilio di Marebbe, Fanes, Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy, Europe. Sunrise on the Fanesalm with the peaks Mount Cristallo, Mount Vallon Bianco, Furcia Rossa and Piz de Ciampestrin

Background imageVigil Collection: Participants hug each other behind a rainbow flag during a vigil in memory of the victims

Participants hug each other behind a rainbow flag during a vigil in memory of the victims of the Pulse gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, in Mumbai, India June 16, 2016

Background imageVigil Collection: White roses are seen near candles during All Saints Day at Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb

White roses are seen near candles during All Saints Day at Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb, November 1, 2013. Catholics mark All Saints Day by visiting the cemeteries and graves of deceased relatives

Background imageVigil Collection: On watch, 1889 (oil on canvas)

On watch, 1889 (oil on canvas)
OVR390580 On watch, 1889 (oil on canvas) by Peterssen, Hjalmer Eilif Emanuel (1852-1928); 86x112 cm; Bergen Art Museum, Norway; Photo © O. Vaering

Background imageVigil Collection: Crow Indian on Lookout, c. 1837 (pen and ink, wash, and gouache on paper)

Crow Indian on Lookout, c. 1837 (pen and ink, wash, and gouache on paper)
5310547 Crow Indian on Lookout, c.1837 (pen and ink, wash, and gouache on paper) by Miller, Alfred Jacob (1810-74); 26.1x20 cm; Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, USA; American, out of copyright

Background imageVigil Collection: A vigil and the wheat threshing in Secke (chromolitho)

A vigil and the wheat threshing in Secke (chromolitho)
736035 A vigil and the wheat threshing in Secke (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A vigil and the wheat threshing in Secke)

Background imageVigil Collection: The catafalque of George V, January 1936 (b / w photo)

The catafalque of George V, January 1936 (b / w photo)
STC444631 The catafalque of George V, January 1936 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Death of George V (1865-1936)

Background imageVigil Collection: On the eve of the anniversary of the Lateran Agreements, Augusto Turati, Party Secretary

On the eve of the anniversary of the Lateran Agreements, Augusto Turati, Party Secretary... (colour litho)
2777924 On the eve of the anniversary of the Lateran Agreements, Augusto Turati, Party Secretary... (colour litho) by Beltrame

Background imageVigil Collection: Silent Vigil in the Misty Vale of Wan China, Donald Menni

Silent Vigil in the Misty Vale of Wan China, Donald Menni
Silent Vigil in the Misty Vale of Wan photogravure from the Grandeur of the Gorges China, illustrated by Donald Mennie, 1920 s

Background imageVigil Collection: Hemigrapsus penicillatus and Potamon fluviatile

Hemigrapsus penicillatus and Potamon fluviatile
Varunid crab, Hemigrapsus penicillatus 1 and freshwater crab, Potamon fluviatile 2 Grapso penicillato, Telfusa fluviatile

Background imageVigil Collection: Sentinel crab, Podophthalmus vigil

Sentinel crab, Podophthalmus vigil
Sentinel crab or common podophthalmus, Podophthalmus vigil. Handcoloured copperplate engraving drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder from William Elford Leachs Zoological Miscellany

Background imageVigil Collection: The Knight stands watch on St. Georges Mount with the banner of England

The Knight stands watch on St. Georges Mount with the banner of England
STC308597 The Knight stands watch on St. Georges Mount with the banner of England, illustration from The Talisman: A Tale of the Crusaders by Sir Walter Scott (colour litho) by Vedder

Background imageVigil Collection: Woman in a Catholic church, Brittany, Northern France

Woman in a Catholic church, Brittany, Northern France
Woman seated alone in a Catholic church, Brittany, Northern France. 1922

Background imageVigil Collection: Presentation of the Dauphin (1403-61) the future Charles VII of France

Presentation of the Dauphin (1403-61) the future Charles VII of France
EDI183838 Presentation of the Dauphin (1403-61) the future Charles VII of France, to the City of Paris, from the Vigils of Charles VII

Background imageVigil Collection: Cardinal Lavigerie on his deathbed (colour litho)

Cardinal Lavigerie on his deathbed (colour litho)
2818352 Cardinal Lavigerie on his deathbed (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cardinal Lavigerie on his deathbed)

Background imageVigil Collection: The End of the Vigil (litho)

The End of the Vigil (litho)
5209741 The End of the Vigil (litho) by Jellicoe, John (fl.1888); Private Collection; (add.info.: The End of the Vigil. Illustration for The Old Chelsea Bun-Shop)

Background imageVigil Collection: The Duke of York lying in state, 1827 (engraving)

The Duke of York lying in state, 1827 (engraving)
3103698 The Duke of York lying in state, 1827 (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Duke of York lying in state, 1827)

Background imageVigil Collection: The Vigil in the Lifeboat House on Ushant Island (litho)

The Vigil in the Lifeboat House on Ushant Island (litho)
1042247 The Vigil in the Lifeboat House on Ushant Island (litho) by Hatherell, William (1855-1928) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Vigil in the Lifeboat House on Ushant Island)

Background imageVigil Collection: Night Procession in Brittany; Procession de Nuit en Bretagne, c. 1894 (oil on canvas)

Night Procession in Brittany; Procession de Nuit en Bretagne, c. 1894 (oil on canvas)
652867 Night Procession in Brittany; Procession de Nuit en Bretagne, c.1894 (oil on canvas) by Puigaudeau, Fernand Loyen du (1864-1930); 52.4x46 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageVigil Collection: The Infant Christ Asleep on the Cross (oil on canvas)

The Infant Christ Asleep on the Cross (oil on canvas)
SAG186604 The Infant Christ Asleep on the Cross (oil on canvas) by Murillo, Bartolome Esteban (1618-82); Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust

Background imageVigil Collection: The Last Days Of Sir Philip Sydney (oil on canvas, re-lined)

The Last Days Of Sir Philip Sydney (oil on canvas, re-lined)
3822331 The Last Days Of Sir Philip Sydney (oil on canvas, re-lined) by Hillingford, Robert Alexander (1825-1904); 50.4x76 cm; Calderdale Museums Service, West Yorkshire

Background imageVigil Collection: The Time of Serfdom (colour litho)

The Time of Serfdom (colour litho)
3098421 The Time of Serfdom (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Time of Serfdom. Illustration from Le Figaro Illustre, 1888.); © Look and Learn

Background imageVigil Collection: Vigil at Notre Dame cathedral, Paris, France, Europe

Vigil at Notre Dame cathedral, Paris, France, Europe

Background imageVigil Collection: Crow Indian on the Lookout (w / c on paper)

Crow Indian on the Lookout (w / c on paper)
WLT211677 Crow Indian on the Lookout (w/c on paper) by Miller, Alfred Jacob (1810-74); 31.1x23.9 cm; Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA; American, out of copyright

Background imageVigil Collection: Illustration for the poem Last Words by Owen Meredith, 1860. Artist: John Everett Millais

Illustration for the poem Last Words by Owen Meredith, 1860. Artist: John Everett Millais
Illustration for the poem Last Words by Owen Meredith, 1860. Will watching and listening at his friends deathbed. Owen Meredith was the pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton (1831-1891)

Background imageVigil Collection: Irish men, women and children on their knees praying in Downing Street during the Anglo-Irish

Irish men, women and children on their knees praying in Downing Street during the Anglo-Irish Treaty meetings of 1921. The Anglo-Irish Treaty, also known as The Treaty

Background imageVigil Collection: Greece, Crete, Easter Morning Outside Aigos Titos Church; Heraklion / Iraklio

Greece, Crete, Easter Morning Outside Aigos Titos Church; Heraklion / Iraklio, People with Lit Candles

Background imageVigil Collection: A Mans Hand Lights A Candle In A Church With Colourful Stained Glass Window In The Background;

A Mans Hand Lights A Candle In A Church With Colourful Stained Glass Window In The Background; Northumberland, England

Background imageVigil Collection: Burning Candles; Northumberland, England

Burning Candles; Northumberland, England

Background imageVigil Collection: New Zealand-Us-Candle-Vigil

New Zealand-Us-Candle-Vigil
Participants hold candles during a vigil at Frank Kits Park in Wellington on June 13, 2016, in remembrance of victims OF Orlando, Florida. AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville

Background imageVigil Collection: Knights Vigil

Knights Vigil
A Crusader keeps vigil at the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, during the night before he is made a knight

Background imageVigil Collection: The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior by Dudley Tennant

The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior by Dudley Tennant
A vision of Westminster Abbey on the eve of Armistice Day, 1920 with the coffin containing the body of the unknown warrior swathed in the Padres flag. Date: 1920

Background imageVigil Collection: LA Salle Keeps Vigil

LA Salle Keeps Vigil
JEAN-BAPTISTE DE LA SALLE French churchman, educator and benefactor, founder of the Freres Chretiens, keeps vigil in the chapel, praying through the night. Date: 1651 - 1719

Background imageVigil Collection: U. S. Marines bowing their heads in silence in honor of fallen comrades

U. S. Marines bowing their heads in silence in honor of fallen comrades
December 14, 2006 - U.S. Marines bow their heads in silence in honor of fallen comrades during an evening vigil at Camp Al Taqaddum, Iraq

Background imageVigil Collection: THE VIGIL BY THE GRAVE, BY GUSTAVE DORE, 1832 - 1883, French

THE VIGIL BY THE GRAVE, BY GUSTAVE DORE, 1832 - 1883, French. Engraving for Atala by Chateaubriand. 1870, Art, Artist, romanticism, colour, color engraving

Background imageVigil Collection: The Death of the Virgin, engraved by Wenzel von Olmutz, 1481 (engraving)

The Death of the Virgin, engraved by Wenzel von Olmutz, 1481 (engraving)
XJF437459 The Death of the Virgin, engraved by Wenzel von Olmutz, 1481 (engraving) by Schongauer, Martin (c.1430-91) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageVigil Collection: Christ in the Garden of Olives, 1646-50 (oil on canvas)

Christ in the Garden of Olives, 1646-50 (oil on canvas)
XIR418484 Christ in the Garden of Olives, 1646-50 (oil on canvas) by Champaigne, Philippe de (1602-74); 72 x 100 cm; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rennes

Background imageVigil Collection: Joanna the Mad (1479-1555) Accompanying the Coffin of Philip the Handsome (1478-1506)

Joanna the Mad (1479-1555) Accompanying the Coffin of Philip the Handsome (1478-1506)
XIR223895 Joanna the Mad (1479-1555) Accompanying the Coffin of Philip the Handsome (1478-1506) to the Cartuja de Miraflores in Granada, 1877 (oil on canvas) by Pradilla y Ortiz

Background imageVigil Collection: Dead Adonis, c. 1624-28 (oil on canvas)

Dead Adonis, c. 1624-28 (oil on canvas)
XIR220722 Dead Adonis, c.1624-28 (oil on canvas) by La Hyre, Laurent de (1606-56); 109x148 cm; Louvre, Paris, France; (add.info.: slain by a wild boar; ); French, out of copyright

Background imageVigil Collection: The Dead Child (oil on canvas)

The Dead Child (oil on canvas)
XIR202012 The Dead Child (oil on canvas) by Cottet, Charles (1863-1925); Musee des Beaux-Arts, Quimper, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageVigil Collection: The Sick Child (oil on canvas)

The Sick Child (oil on canvas)
XKH235522 The Sick Child (oil on canvas) by Franquelin, Jean Augustin (1798-1839); 64x54 cm; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany; French, out of copyright

Background imageVigil Collection: The Death of St. Bruno (1030-1101) 6th October 1101, 1645-48 (oil on canvas)

The Death of St. Bruno (1030-1101) 6th October 1101, 1645-48 (oil on canvas)
XIR168774 The Death of St. Bruno (1030-1101) 6th October 1101, 1645-48 (oil on canvas) by Le Sueur, Eustache (1617-55); 193x130 cm; Louvre, Paris



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"The Power of Vigil: A Timeless Tribute to Remembrance and Hope" In the hallowed halls of history, a solemn vigil stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of humanity. From the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in 1920, where countless hearts gather to honor those who sacrificed all, to John Pettie's evocative painting "The Vigil" in 1884 that captures a moment frozen in time, we are reminded of our duty to remember. Nature too has its own vigils; Decapoda crabs and shrimps silently guard their underwater realms, while Jean Valjean watches over Cosette with unwavering devotion in Victor Hugo's masterpiece Les Misérables. And when tragedy strikes like thunderbolts from above, as seen in the Senghenydd Universal Colliery Disaster of 1913 or depicted through Viktor Madarasz's poignant artwork "The Mourning of Laszlo Hunyadi, " communities unite in shared grief and resilience. Vigils take many forms - from Knightly Vigils symbolizing chivalry and honor to Gordon McLennan's tireless activism for justice. In San Vigilio di Marebbe amidst the majestic Dolomites, candles flicker softly as prayers ascend towards heaven. Meanwhile, New Delhi witnesses a Christian holding a candle during an emotional vigil that transcends religious boundaries. But it is perhaps during moments of celebration that vigils shine brightest. Behind vibrant rainbow flags fluttering proudly overhead, participants embrace one another tightly at vigils held in memory of victims lost but never forgotten. Through these diverse vignettes spanning centuries and continents emerges a common thread: vigilance nurtures compassion and unity. It reminds us that even amidst darkness there is always hope – hope kindled by flickering flames illuminating our collective path forward.