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Background imageBlack Background Collection: The Laying in the Tomb ( The Deposition / The Entombment ), 1602-16044

The Laying in the Tomb ( The Deposition / The Entombment ), 1602-16044. Artist: Michelangelo Caravaggio
The Laying in the Tomb ( The Deposition / The Entombment ), 1602-1604. Mary of Clopas with her arms raised; Mary Magdalene with bowed head; Nicodemus grasps the legs of the dead Christ

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Maponus a Celtic god associated with Apollo - head, 2nd century

Maponus a Celtic god associated with Apollo - head, 2nd century
Maponus head, from Corstopitum, Northumberland. Now at Corstopitum Museum, Northumberlands, 2nd century

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Dragon-Shaped Architectural Ornament, 13th / 14th century. Creator: Unknown

Dragon-Shaped Architectural Ornament, 13th / 14th century. Creator: Unknown
Dragon-Shaped Architectural Ornament, 13th/14th century

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Clay tablet with linear B script, 15th century BC

Clay tablet with linear B script, 15th century BC
Clay tablet from Knossos with linear B script, from the British Museums collection, 15th century BC

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Chinese statuette of Kuan-Yin as a Bodhisattva, 12th century

Chinese statuette of Kuan-Yin as a Bodhisattva, 12th century
Late Sung dynasty Chinese statuette of Kuan-Yin, a goddess of mercy, as a Bodhisattva (Buddha-to-be) in wood with traces of gilt and painting

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Mycenaean Linear A tablet

Mycenaean Linear A tablet
Minoan Linear A tablet from Aghia Triadha, from the Archaeological Museum of Heracleions collection in Crete. Linear A is an early Mycenean writing system that has not yet been deciphered

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Shino-Ware Ewer, 17th century. Creator: Unknown

Shino-Ware Ewer, 17th century. Creator: Unknown
Shino-Ware Ewer, 17th century

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Byron as he appeared after his daily ride at Pisa and Genoa, c1820s, (1911). Artist: Gaspar Netscher

Byron as he appeared after his daily ride at Pisa and Genoa, c1820s, (1911). Artist: Gaspar Netscher
Byron as he appeared after his daily ride at Pisa and Genoa, 1911. George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) commonly known as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Portrait of a Young Man, unknown date. Creator: Andrea Solario

Portrait of a Young Man, unknown date. Creator: Andrea Solario
Portrait of a Young Man, unknown date

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Portrait of a Boy. (Guidobaldo Da Montefeltro?), 1483. Creator: Piero della Francesca

Portrait of a Boy. (Guidobaldo Da Montefeltro?), 1483. Creator: Piero della Francesca
Portrait of a Boy. (Guidobaldo Da Montefeltro?), 1483

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Portrait of a Man, 1464. Creator: Rogier Van der Weyden

Portrait of a Man, 1464. Creator: Rogier Van der Weyden
Portrait of a Man, 1464

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Portrait of a Man, 1472. Creator: Antonello da Messina

Portrait of a Man, 1472. Creator: Antonello da Messina
Portrait of a Man, 1472

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Christ on the Cross, 1630. Creator: Francisco de Zurbaran

Christ on the Cross, 1630. Creator: Francisco de Zurbaran
Christ on the Cross, 1630

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Still Life with Fruit, 1664. Creator: Willem van Aelst

Still Life with Fruit, 1664. Creator: Willem van Aelst
Still Life with Fruit, 1664

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Portrait of Mariana of Austria, Queen of Spain, 1655. Creator: Diego Velasquez

Portrait of Mariana of Austria, Queen of Spain, 1655. Creator: Diego Velasquez
Portrait of Mariana of Austria, Queen of Spain, 1655. Mariana of Austria, daughter of the Emperor Ferdinand III and Mary of Hungary, was born in Vienna in 1634

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Portrait of a Senator, 1580. Creator: Jacopo Tintoretto

Portrait of a Senator, 1580. Creator: Jacopo Tintoretto
Portrait of a Senator, 1580

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Portrait of Mrs. Joshua Henshaw II (Catherine Hill), 1772. Creator: John Singleton Copley

Portrait of Mrs. Joshua Henshaw II (Catherine Hill), 1772. Creator: John Singleton Copley
Portrait of Mrs. Joshua Henshaw II (Catherine Hill), 1772

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Still Life with Porcelain and Sweets, 1627. Creator: Juan van der Hamen y León

Still Life with Porcelain and Sweets, 1627. Creator: Juan van der Hamen y León
Still Life with Porcelain and Sweets, 1627

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Violet Romer, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Violet Romer, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Violet Romer, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Holy water bowl; gift from Tsar Mikhail Feodorovich, vestry of the Assumption Cathedral in... 1911

Holy water bowl; gift from Tsar Mikhail Feodorovich, vestry of the Assumption Cathedral in... 1911
Holy water bowl; gift from Tsar Mikhail Feodorovich, vestry of the Assumption Cathedral in the Kremlin, Rostov Velikii, 1911

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Venerable Sergei Radonezhskii's cross with which he blessed the Venerable Irinarkh... 1911

Venerable Sergei Radonezhskii's cross with which he blessed the Venerable Irinarkh... 1911
Venerable Sergei Radonezhskii's cross with which he blessed the Venerable Irinarkh at the founding of the monastery, Borisoglebsk, 1911

Background imageBlack Background Collection: The Artist's Wife, 1898. Creator: Karl Nordström

The Artist's Wife, 1898. Creator: Karl Nordström
The Artist's Wife, 1898

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Round-Topped Stela (image 1 of 3), between c.1391 and c.1353 B.C.. Creator: Unknown

Round-Topped Stela (image 1 of 3), between c.1391 and c.1353 B.C.. Creator: Unknown
Round-Topped Stela (image 1 of 3), between c.1391 and c.1353 B.C

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Large 'Pilgrim Bottle' Vase, 1889-1896. Creator: James Callowhill

Large "Pilgrim Bottle" Vase, 1889-1896. Creator: James Callowhill
Large "Pilgrim Bottle" Vase, 1889-1896

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Finial for a Religious Standard (Alam), 18th-19th century. Creator: Unknown

Finial for a Religious Standard (Alam), 18th-19th century. Creator: Unknown
Finial for a Religious Standard (Alam), 18th-19th century

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Portrait of a Young Woman as a Saint, c1510-1520. Creator: Amico Aspertini

Portrait of a Young Woman as a Saint, c1510-1520. Creator: Amico Aspertini
Portrait of a Young Woman as a Saint, c1510-1520

Background imageBlack Background Collection: St. John The Baptist, 1513-1516. Creator: Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli

St. John The Baptist, 1513-1516. Creator: Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli
St. John The Baptist, 1513-1516. This is copy of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Louvre (inv. 775) which is dated to 1513-1516, at the end of the artist's career

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Saint Mary Magdalene, c1524. Creator: Bernardino Luini

Saint Mary Magdalene, c1524. Creator: Bernardino Luini
Saint Mary Magdalene, c1524. According to Church (but not biblical) tradition, Mary Magdalene (probably indicating that she came from the the town Magdala) was a sinful woman

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Allegory on Human Life, c1658-1660. Creator: Joris van Son

Allegory on Human Life, c1658-1660. Creator: Joris van Son
Allegory on Human Life, c1658-1660. Garlands frame and complement a still life of objects underlining the brevity of human life: a skull, a burning candle, and an hourglass

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Varuna, the God of Waters (image 1 of 3), between 1675 and 1700. Creator: Unknown

Varuna, the God of Waters (image 1 of 3), between 1675 and 1700. Creator: Unknown
Varuna, the God of Waters (image 1 of 3), between 1675 and 1700

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Relief with Portrait and Cartouches of Nectanebo II, between c.360 and c.343 B.C.. Creator: Unknown

Relief with Portrait and Cartouches of Nectanebo II, between c.360 and c.343 B.C.. Creator: Unknown
Relief with Portrait and Cartouches of Nectanebo II, between c.360 and c.343 B.C

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Pug, unknown date. Creator: Anon

Pug, unknown date. Creator: Anon
Pug, unknown date

Background imageBlack Background Collection: The Virgin Mary Reading, c1460-1462. Creator: Antonello da Messina

The Virgin Mary Reading, c1460-1462. Creator: Antonello da Messina
The Virgin Mary Reading, c1460-1462

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Karl Jakob, 1654-77, Prince of Courland, c17th century. Creator: Anon

Karl Jakob, 1654-77, Prince of Courland, c17th century. Creator: Anon
Karl Jakob, 1654-77, Prince of Courland, c17th century

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Lintel with the Hindu God Indra on His Elephant Mount, 10th century. Creator: Unknown

Lintel with the Hindu God Indra on His Elephant Mount, 10th century. Creator: Unknown
Lintel with the Hindu God Indra on His Elephant Mount, 10th century

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Badge with Adoration of the Shepherds (Escudo con la adoración de los pastores), c.1770

Badge with Adoration of the Shepherds (Escudo con la adoración de los pastores), c.1770. Creator: Jose Paez
Badge with Adoration of the Shepherds (Escudo con la adoracion de los pastores), c.1770

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Portrait of Jacques-Alexandre-Bernard Law, Marquis de Lauriston, c.1823

Portrait of Jacques-Alexandre-Bernard Law, Marquis de Lauriston, c.1823. Creator: François Joseph Bosio
Portrait of Jacques-Alexandre-Bernard Law, Marquis de Lauriston, c.1823

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Still life with hunting implements and birds, 1670. Creator: Hendrick ten Oever

Still life with hunting implements and birds, 1670. Creator: Hendrick ten Oever
Still life with hunting implements and birds, 1670

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Still Life, 1666-1700. Creator: Georg Hainz

Still Life, 1666-1700. Creator: Georg Hainz
Still Life, 1666-1700

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Still Life with Nautilus Cup, 1648-1688. Creator: Frans Sant-Acker

Still Life with Nautilus Cup, 1648-1688. Creator: Frans Sant-Acker
Still Life with Nautilus Cup, 1648-1688

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Head Fragment, 2061-31 BCE. Creator: Unknown

Head Fragment, 2061-31 BCE. Creator: Unknown
Head Fragment, 2061-31 BCE

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Head of a Youth, 1st-2nd century CE. Creator: Unknown

Head of a Youth, 1st-2nd century CE. Creator: Unknown
Head of a Youth, 1st-2nd century CE

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Head of a Youth, 1st-2nd century CE. Creator: Unknown

Head of a Youth, 1st-2nd century CE. Creator: Unknown
Head of a Youth, 1st-2nd century CE

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Head of a Bearded Satyr, 1st-2nd century CE. Creator: Unknown

Head of a Bearded Satyr, 1st-2nd century CE. Creator: Unknown
Head of a Bearded Satyr, 1st-2nd century CE

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Head of a Woman, 1st-2nd century CE. Creator: Unknown

Head of a Woman, 1st-2nd century CE. Creator: Unknown
Head of a Woman, 1st-2nd century CE

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Head of a Woman, 1st-2nd century CE. Creator: Unknown

Head of a Woman, 1st-2nd century CE. Creator: Unknown
Head of a Woman, 1st-2nd century CE

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Head of a Woman, 1st-2nd century CE. Creator: Unknown

Head of a Woman, 1st-2nd century CE. Creator: Unknown
Head of a Woman, 1st-2nd century CE

Background imageBlack Background Collection: Frog on Taro Leaf, 1782. Creator: Seiyodo Tomiharu

Frog on Taro Leaf, 1782. Creator: Seiyodo Tomiharu
Frog on Taro Leaf, 1782



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