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Virgins Collection

"Virginity: A Symbol of Purity and Devotion in Art Through the Ages" Throughout history, the concept of virginity has been a recurring theme in art, representing purity

Background imageVirgins Collection: Folio from Haft Awrang (Seven Thrones) by Jami, 1539-1543. Artist: Anonymous

Folio from Haft Awrang (Seven Thrones) by Jami, 1539-1543. Artist: Anonymous
Folio from Haft Awrang (Seven Thrones) by Jami, 1539-1543. Found in the collection of the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C

Background imageVirgins Collection: Saint Ursula Martyred

Saint Ursula Martyred
Saint Ursula a pious virgin who was martyred at Koln together with 11 000 other pious virgins 4th century

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Expulsion from the Paradise (Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Vatican), 1508-1512

The Expulsion from the Paradise (Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Vatican), 1508-1512. Found in the collection of The Sistine Chapel, Vatican

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Blessing of the Wheat in the Artois, 1857 (oil on canvas)

The Blessing of the Wheat in the Artois, 1857 (oil on canvas)
XIR173095 The Blessing of the Wheat in the Artois, 1857 (oil on canvas) by Breton, Jules (1827-1906); 126x320 cm; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Arras

Background imageVirgins Collection: Representation of the Vestal Virgins

Representation of the Vestal Virgins
3480506 Representation of the Vestal Virgins; (add.info.: Representation of the Vestal Virgins. Illustration from supplement to L'antiquite expliquee et representee en figures'; (vols)

Background imageVirgins Collection: Saint Genevieve of Paris (c419/422-502/512), in her role as protector of the welfare of the city's

Saint Genevieve of Paris (c419/422-502/512), in her role as protector of the welfare of the city's virgins
543296 Saint Genevieve of Paris (c419/422-502/512), in her role as protector of the welfare of the city's virgins, confronting Attila during the attack on Paris by the Huns in 451

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Virgin and Child with Four Holy Virgins, c.1495-c.1500. Creator

The Virgin and Child with Four Holy Virgins, c.1495-c.1500. Creator: Master of the Virgo inter Virgines
The Virgin and Child with Four Holy Virgins, c.1495-c.1500

Background imageVirgins Collection: Decorative Picture. The Vision of Saint Francis with the Three White Virgins, 1892

Decorative Picture. The Vision of Saint Francis with the Three White Virgins, 1892. Creator: Gad Frederick Clement
Decorative Picture. The Vision of Saint Francis with the Three White Virgins, 1892

Background imageVirgins Collection: An Allegory of the Wise and the Foolish Virgins, 1570. Creator: Hans Ewouts

An Allegory of the Wise and the Foolish Virgins, 1570. Creator: Hans Ewouts
An Allegory of the Wise and the Foolish Virgins, 1570. The Wise Virgins save the oil for their lamps, while the Foolish Virgins waste it

Background imageVirgins Collection: Adam und Eva. The Fall, 1140-1170. Creator: Byzantine Master

Adam und Eva. The Fall, 1140-1170. Creator: Byzantine Master
Adam und Eva. The Fall, 1140-1170. Found in the Collection of Cappella Palatina, Palermo

Background imageVirgins Collection: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Pre-Raphaelite artist

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Pre-Raphaelite artist, self-portrait dated 20 September 1855 Date: 1855

Background imageVirgins Collection: Panel from the Legend of St. Ursula, 1482 (oil on panel)

Panel from the Legend of St. Ursula, 1482 (oil on panel)
489933 Panel from the Legend of St. Ursula, 1482 (oil on panel) by Master of the Legend of St. Ursula (1436-1504); Groeningemuseum, Bruges, Belgium; (add.info.: Altarpiece dedicated to St)

Background imageVirgins Collection: Detail of the Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood)

Detail of the Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood)
490204 Detail of the Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood) by Memling, Hans (c.1433-94); Memling Museum, Bruges

Background imageVirgins Collection: Detail of the Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood)

Detail of the Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood)
490206 Detail of the Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood) by Memling, Hans (c.1433-94); Memling Museum, Bruges

Background imageVirgins Collection: Panel from the Legend of St. Ursula, 1482 (oil on panel)

Panel from the Legend of St. Ursula, 1482 (oil on panel)
489934 Panel from the Legend of St. Ursula, 1482 (oil on panel) by Master of the Legend of St. Ursula (1436-1504); Groeningemuseum, Bruges, Belgium; (add.info.: Altarpiece dedicated to St)

Background imageVirgins Collection: Panel from the Legend of St. Ursula, 1482 (oil on panel)

Panel from the Legend of St. Ursula, 1482 (oil on panel)
489932 Panel from the Legend of St. Ursula, 1482 (oil on panel) by Master of the Legend of St. Ursula (1436-1504); Groeningemuseum, Bruges, Belgium; (add.info.: Altarpiece dedicated to St)

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood)

The Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood)
490202 The Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood) by Memling, Hans (c.1433-94); Memling Museum, Bruges, Belgium; (add.info)

Background imageVirgins Collection: Detail of the Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood)

Detail of the Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood)
490210 Detail of the Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood) by Memling, Hans (c.1433-94); Memling Museum, Bruges

Background imageVirgins Collection: Detail of the Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood)

Detail of the Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood)
490205 Detail of the Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood) by Memling, Hans (c.1433-94); Memling Museum, Bruges

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood)

The Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood)
490201 The Reliquary of Saint Ursula, 1489 (gilded & painted wood) by Memling, Hans (c.1433-94); Memling Museum, Bruges, Belgium; (add.info)

Background imageVirgins Collection: Saint Susanna, 1629 (marble)

Saint Susanna, 1629 (marble)
704439 Saint Susanna, 1629 (marble) by Duquesnoy, Francois (1597-1643); Santa Maria di Loreto, Rome, Italy; (add.info.: Saint Susanna)

Background imageVirgins Collection: DDE-90037706

DDE-90037706
South Pacific; French Polynesia, Marquesas Islands; Fatu Hiva; Hanavave, Bay of Virgins laced with fanciful clouds and sculptured mountains Date: 22/10/2005

Background imageVirgins Collection: The maidens rise and trim their lamps (colour litho)

The maidens rise and trim their lamps (colour litho)
5224159 The maidens rise and trim their lamps (colour litho) by Hassall, John (1868-1948); Private Collection; (add.info.: The maidens rise and trim their lamps)

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Eleusinian Mysteries, initiations for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis

The Eleusinian Mysteries, initiations for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis, Greece
6340194 The Eleusinian Mysteries, initiations for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis, Greece by Fumagalli (19th century); (add.info.: The Eleusinian Mysteries)

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Wise and Foolish Virgins, c. 1920 (oil on canvas)

The Wise and Foolish Virgins, c. 1920 (oil on canvas)
3506394 The Wise and Foolish Virgins, c.1920 (oil on canvas) by Wedgewood, Julia (19th century); 58.4x95 cm; Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

Background imageVirgins Collection: MS 300 f. 207v-208r, Suffrage to Virgins and Suffrage to All Saints

MS 300 f. 207v-208r, Suffrage to Virgins and Suffrage to All Saints
5911912 MS 300 f.207v-208r, Suffrage to Virgins and Suffrage to All Saints, from the Psalter and Hours of Isabella of France, Paris, c.1265-70 (pen & ink and tempera on parchment) by French School

Background imageVirgins Collection: Afghanistan, the Khyber Pass and Views in North Western India (engraving)

Afghanistan, the Khyber Pass and Views in North Western India (engraving)
1060080 Afghanistan, the Khyber Pass and Views in North Western India (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Afghanistan)

Background imageVirgins Collection: Depiction of a Roman Bacchanal or Bacchanalia

Depiction of a Roman Bacchanal or Bacchanalia
Depiction of a Roman Bacchanal from a sculpture on a labrum in the Pio Clementino Museum. Five Fauns with horns and tails and five Bacchantes in Spartan tunics dance. Baccanali

Background imageVirgins Collection: The passing of the Vestals, illustration from Hutchinson

The passing of the Vestals, illustration from Hutchinson
STC358083 The passing of the Vestals, illustration from Hutchinsons History of the Nations, 1915 (litho) by Motte, Henri-Paul (1846-1922) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Marriage of the Virgin, c. 1305 (fresco)

The Marriage of the Virgin, c. 1305 (fresco)
BEN78687 The Marriage of the Virgin, c.1305 (fresco) by Giotto (Giotto di Bondone) (c.1266-1337); Scrovegni (Arena) Chapel, Padua, Italy; Photo eRaffaello Bencini; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Elders and the Virgins of Jerusalem lamenting the Desolation of the City, Lamentations II

The Elders and the Virgins of Jerusalem lamenting the Desolation of the City, Lamentations II, 10 (engraving)
5218683 The Elders and the Virgins of Jerusalem lamenting the Desolation of the City, Lamentations II, 10 (engraving) by English School

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Princess Tied to a Tree (oil on canvas)

The Princess Tied to a Tree (oil on canvas)
884217 The Princess Tied to a Tree (oil on canvas) by Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (1833-98); 106.4x92.7 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imageVirgins Collection: Vestales; d apres une peinture d Herculanum (engraving)

Vestales; d apres une peinture d Herculanum (engraving)
6022487 Vestales; d apres une peinture d Herculanum (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Vestales; d apres une peinture d Herculanum)

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Marriage of the Virgin

The Marriage of the Virgin
AII78781 The Marriage of the Virgin by Jordaens, Jacob (1593-1678); Palazzo Ducale & Museo, Mantua, Lombardy, Italy; Flemish, out of copyright

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Virgins Suitors Presenting their Rods at the Temple, c. 1305 (fresco)

The Virgins Suitors Presenting their Rods at the Temple, c. 1305 (fresco)
BEN65210 The Virgins Suitors Presenting their Rods at the Temple, c.1305 (fresco) by Giotto (Giotto di Bondone) (c.1266-1337); Scrovegni (Arena) Chapel, Padua

Background imageVirgins Collection: Upright virgins bower, Clematis recta

Upright virgins bower, Clematis recta (Clematis erecta). Handcoloured lithograph by Henry Sowerby from Edward Hamiltons Flora Homeopathica, Bailliere, London, 1852

Background imageVirgins Collection: Clematis cirrhosa

Clematis cirrhosa (Long-stalked Majorca virgins bower, Clematis pedicellata). Handcoloured copperplate engraving by George Barclay after an illustration by Miss Sarah Drake from Edwards Botanical

Background imageVirgins Collection: Clematis forsteri

Clematis forsteri (Six-petaled virgins bower, Clematis hexasepela). Handcoloured copperplate engraving by George Barclay after an illustration by Miss Sarah Drake from Edwards Botanical Register

Background imageVirgins Collection: Entire-leaved clematis or virgins bower

Entire-leaved clematis or virgins bower, Clematis integrifolia. Handcolured copperplate engraving after a botanical illustration from William Curtis The Botanical Magazine, Lambeth Marsh, London, 1787

Background imageVirgins Collection: Curled-flowered virgins bower, Clematis crispa

Curled-flowered virgins bower, Clematis crispa. Handcoloured botanical engraving from John Sims Curtiss Botanical Magazine, Couchman, London, 1816

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Wise & Foolish Virgins, 1870 (stained glass)

The Wise & Foolish Virgins, 1870 (stained glass)
3475649 The Wise & Foolish Virgins, 1870 (stained glass) by Hart, Frederick Vincent (1843-1914); St Nicholas Church, Cramlington, UK; (add.info.: Cottier & Co); eAlastair Carew-Cox; English

Background imageVirgins Collection: Saint Ursula and Her Maidens, c. 1410 (tempera and gold on wood)

Saint Ursula and Her Maidens, c. 1410 (tempera and gold on wood)
3618009 Saint Ursula and Her Maidens, c.1410 (tempera and gold on wood) by Pietro, Nicolo di (fl.1394-1430); 94 x 78.7 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Wise and Foolish Virgins, c. 1868 (stained glass)

The Wise and Foolish Virgins, c. 1868 (stained glass)
3474841 The Wise and Foolish Virgins, c.1868 (stained glass) by Hassam, Alfred (1842-69); Church of St Mary, Putney, London, UK; (add.info.: Manufactured by Heaton)

Background imageVirgins Collection: The Wise and Foolish Virgins, c. 1868 (stained glass)

The Wise and Foolish Virgins, c. 1868 (stained glass)
3474837 The Wise and Foolish Virgins, c.1868 (stained glass) by Hassam, Alfred (1842-69); Church of St Mary, Putney, London, UK; (add.info.: Manufactured by Heaton)

Background imageVirgins Collection: Scripture Alphabet (colour litho)

Scripture Alphabet (colour litho)
3104631 Scripture Alphabet (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Scripture Alphabet)

Background imageVirgins Collection: Devotion (chromolitho)

Devotion (chromolitho)
735194 Devotion (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Devotion. Liebig card, late 19th century/early 20th century)

Background imageVirgins Collection: St Ursula with the martyred virgins (pen & brown ink heightened with white body colour

St Ursula with the martyred virgins (pen & brown ink heightened with white body colour
615282 St Ursula with the martyred virgins (pen & brown ink heightened with white body colour on paper washed brown) by Aretusi



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"Virginity: A Symbol of Purity and Devotion in Art Through the Ages" Throughout history, the concept of virginity has been a recurring theme in art, representing purity, devotion, and sacrifice. From ancient times to the Renaissance period and beyond, artists have depicted virgins in various forms and contexts. One notable depiction is found in "The Expulsion from Paradise, " painted by Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Here, Adam and Eve are banished from Eden after succumbing to temptation, symbolizing the loss of their spiritual innocence. In Jami's "Haft Awrang, " an anonymous artist illustrates seven thrones with intricate designs. Among them is a representation of a virgin figure surrounded by celestial beings, emphasizing her divine status as a paragon of virtue. Another powerful image is seen in "Saint Ursula Martyred. " This painting portrays Saint Ursula bravely facing martyrdom rather than renouncing her faith. Her unwavering commitment to chastity exemplifies her dedication to God. Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Pre-Raphaelite artwork also explores themes of virginity. His paintings often depict ethereal women embodying purity and spirituality while evoking a sense of melancholy beauty. "The Triumph of Christianity" showcases paradise restored through Christ's redemption. In this 17th-century masterpiece, they can portrayed as integral figures within Christian mythology—a testament to their revered role within religious narratives. Furthermore, Domenico Corvi's painting titled "The Vestal Tuccia" depicts an ancient Roman vestal virgin who proved her chastity by carrying water without spilling it—an act that saved her life when falsely accused. This work emphasizes both physical purity and moral integrity. Additionally, panels from the Legend of St. Ursula highlight her legendary journey with eleven thousand virgins across Europe before meeting martyrdom at Cologne—an enduring symbol for female piety throughout centuries.