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Symbolic Collection

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Venus of Urbino, 1538. Artist: Titian

Venus of Urbino, 1538. Artist: Titian
Venus of Urbino, 1538. Titian (1488-1576). Found in the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Hireling Shepherd, 1851, (1948). Creator: William Holman Hunt

The Hireling Shepherd, 1851, (1948). Creator: William Holman Hunt
The Hireling Shepherd, 1851, (1948). A shepherd neglects his flock and woos a young woman with a lamb on her lap. Behind them, two bloated sheep lie on the ground poisoned by the corn

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Whatever I do, I do not Repent, I Keep Pissing against the Moon, c1558-1560

Whatever I do, I do not Repent, I Keep Pissing against the Moon, c1558-1560. Artist: Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Whatever I do, I do not Repent, I Keep Pissing against the Moon, 1558-1560. One from a series depicting twelve proverbs. From the Museum Mayer van der Berg, Antwerp, Belgium

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Sponsa De Libano, 1891, (c1930). Creator: Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Sponsa De Libano, 1891, (c1930). Creator: Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones
Sponsa De Libano, 1891, (c1930). The North and South Winds blow on the Bride of Lebanon. The lilies symbolise her virginity

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Union of Earth and Water (Antwerp and the Scheldt), c1618. Artist: Peter Paul Rubens

The Union of Earth and Water (Antwerp and the Scheldt), c1618. Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
The Union of Earth and Water (Antwerp and the Scheldt), c1618. Rubens, Pieter Paul (1577-1640). Found in the collection of the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Ireland: [regalia]... of a Knight of St

Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Ireland: [regalia]... of a Knight of St. Patrick, 1868. Creator: Unknown
Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Ireland: the Collar and Badge of a Knight of St. Patrick, 1868. The future King Edward VII was invested into the Order of St Patrick in St Patrick's

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Lord Mayor of Dublin presenting the City Keys to the new Lord Lieutenant,1869. Creator: Unknown

The Lord Mayor of Dublin presenting the City Keys to the new Lord Lieutenant,1869. Creator: Unknown
The Lord Mayor of Dublin presenting the City Keys to the new Lord Lieutenant [John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer],1869

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Abyssinian Church Festival of Palm Sunday, 1868. Creator: Unknown

The Abyssinian Church Festival of Palm Sunday, 1868. Creator: Unknown
The Abyssinian Church Festival of Palm Sunday, 1868. 'The service begins before daybreak...each man held a long stick in his hand

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Infant Christ with a Floral Wreath, 1663. Creator: Carlo Dolci

The Infant Christ with a Floral Wreath, 1663. Creator: Carlo Dolci
The Infant Christ with a Floral Wreath, 1663

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, 1515. Creator: Bernaert van Orley

The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, 1515. Creator: Bernaert van Orley
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, 1515

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Surrender of the New Zealand Chief, William Thompson, to Brigadier-General Carey, 1865

Surrender of the New Zealand Chief, William Thompson, to Brigadier-General Carey, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Surrender of the New Zealand Chief, William Thompson, to Brigadier-General Carey, 1865. Engraving of a sketch by Major Tupper. Thompson, with twenty-five followers, came galloping forward

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Paris, Emperor William hung in effigy, between c1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Paris, Emperor William hung in effigy, between c1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Paris, Emperor William hung in effigy, between c1914 and c1915. Effigy of Kaiser Wilhelm II which was hung in Paris, France during the beginning of World War I

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Four Fathers of the Latin Church. Creators: Jacob Jordaens, Workshop of Jacob Jordaens

The Four Fathers of the Latin Church. Creators: Jacob Jordaens, Workshop of Jacob Jordaens
The Four Fathers of the Latin Church, Unknown date

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Nebuchadnezzar Seeing the Three Jews Unhurt in the Flames, 1565

Nebuchadnezzar Seeing the Three Jews Unhurt in the Flames, 1565. Creators: Philip Galle, Nebuchadnezzar II
Nebuchadnezzar Seeing the Three Jews Unhurt in the Flames, 1565. Series: The Story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, pl. 4; Edition: First edition

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Samson Destroying the Temple, c1560. Creator: Philip Galle

Samson Destroying the Temple, c1560. Creator: Philip Galle
Samson Destroying the Temple, c1560. Series: The Story of Samson, pl. 6

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Protheus, 1586. Creator: Philip Galle

Protheus, 1586. Creator: Philip Galle
Protheus, 1586. Series: Sea and River Gods, pl. 5

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Scaldis, 1586. Creator: Philip Galle

Scaldis, 1586. Creator: Philip Galle
Scaldis, 1586. Series: Sea and River Gods, pl. 16

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Tibris, 1586. Creator: Philip Galle

Tibris, 1586. Creator: Philip Galle
Tibris, 1586. Series: Sea and River Gods, pl. 11

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Rhenus, 1586. Creator: Philip Galle

Rhenus, 1586. Creator: Philip Galle
Rhenus, 1586. Series: Sea and River Gods, pl. 10

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Lynope, 1587. Creator: Philip Galle

Lynope, 1587. Creator: Philip Galle
Lynope, 1587. Series: Nypmhs, pl. 14

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Galathea, 1587. Creator: Philip Galle

Galathea, 1587. Creator: Philip Galle
Galathea, 1587. Series: Nymphs, pl. 3

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Largia, 1587. Creator: Philip Galle

Largia, 1587. Creator: Philip Galle
Largia, 1587. Series: Nymphs, pl. 16

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Aganippe, 1587. Creator: Philip Galle

Aganippe, 1587. Creator: Philip Galle
Aganippe, 1587. Series: Nymphs, pl. 15

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Presentation of Colours to the 98th Regiment by the Prince of Wales at Malta, 1876. Creator: Unknown

Presentation of Colours to the 98th Regiment by the Prince of Wales at Malta, 1876. Creator: Unknown
Presentation of Colours to the 98th Regiment by the Prince of Wales at Malta, 1876. The future King Edward VII returns to England via the Mediterranean....at noon a Royal salute was fired in honour

Background imageSymbolic Collection: King Charles XI's upbringing. Allegory, 1668. Creator: David Klocker Ehrenstrahl

King Charles XI's upbringing. Allegory, 1668. Creator: David Klocker Ehrenstrahl
King Charles XI's upbringing. Allegory, 1668

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Mr. Lusk's Shrieval Badge and Chain, 1860. Creator: Unknown

Mr. Lusk's Shrieval Badge and Chain, 1860. Creator: Unknown
Mr. Lusk's Shrieval Badge and Chain, 1860. The badge [of Sheriff of London] consists of massive Elizabethan scrolls in standard gold

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Presentation of a silver bugle by Lady Duff Gordon to the 6th Surrey (Esher) Volunteer... 1860

Presentation of a silver bugle by Lady Duff Gordon to the 6th Surrey (Esher) Volunteer... 1860. Creator: Unknown
Presentation of a silver bugle by Lady Duff Gordon to the 6th Surrey (Esher) Volunteer Rifle Corps, 1860. The speech of her Ladyship was as follows: "Captain Sir Henry Fletcher, Officers

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Madonna and Child, late 15th century. Creator: Master of the Legend of Saint Catherine

Madonna and Child, late 15th century. Creator: Master of the Legend of Saint Catherine
Madonna and Child, late 15th century. In this picture of Mary, who is breastfeeding her newborn son, the depiction of nature and the garden plays a large part in the Christian symbolism

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Golden Bull of Clement VII. confirming Henry VIII. in the title of Defender of the Faith

The Golden Bull of Clement VII. confirming Henry VIII. in the title of Defender of the Faith, 1860. Creator: Unknown
The Golden Bull of Clement VII. confirming Henry VIII. in the title of Defender of the Faith, 1860. The title...which forms a part of the Royal style of British Sovereigns

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Christ on the Cross, 1846. Creator: Eugene Delacroix

Christ on the Cross, 1846. Creator: Eugene Delacroix
Christ on the Cross, 1846. Sharply silhouetted against the darkened sky is the dying Christ. A couple of gesturing spectators appear at the left

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Tobosaku, Miura Daisuke Yoshiaki, and the Son of Urashima Taro Drinking Wine, 1873

Tobosaku, Miura Daisuke Yoshiaki, and the Son of Urashima Taro Drinking Wine, 1873. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Tobosaku, Miura Daisuke Yoshiaki, and the Son of Urashima Taro Drinking Wine, 1873. TobosakuDongfang Shuo), Miura Yoshiaki and Urashima Taro, all three lived long

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Virgin and Child, c1460. Creator: Unknown

Virgin and Child, c1460. Creator: Unknown
Virgin and Child, c1460. Tthe Virgin and Child are placed in a box-like room lined with gothic windows and a coffered ceiling

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Prince of Wales riveting the last bolt of the Alexandra Railway Bridge in the Punjaub...1876

The Prince of Wales riveting the last bolt of the Alexandra Railway Bridge in the Punjaub...1876. Creator: Unknown
The Prince of Wales riveting the last bolt of the Alexandra Railway Bridge in the Punjaub, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Madonna and Child with Saints, c1510-1515. Creator: Francesco Zaganelli

Madonna and Child with Saints, c1510-1515. Creator: Francesco Zaganelli
Madonna and Child with Saints, c1510-1515. This grouping of the Virgin and Child with saints (Mary Magdalen, Jerome, an unidentified male saint)

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Portrait of Fra Lorenzo da Bergamo, 1542. Creator: Lorenzo Lotto

Portrait of Fra Lorenzo da Bergamo, 1542. Creator: Lorenzo Lotto
Portrait of Fra Lorenzo da Bergamo, 1542. The Dominican preacher Fra Lorenzo from the city of Bergamo, Italy. Dressed in the robes of his order, Fra Lorenzo is linked with St

Background imageSymbolic Collection: En L'Honneur de L'Amerique; A Londres, le 20 avril 1917: pour la premiere fois

En L'Honneur de L'Amerique; A Londres, le 20 avril 1917: pour la premiere fois, par un grand acte symbolique, les drapeaux nationaux de Grande-Bretagne et d'Amerique melent leurs couleurs

Background imageSymbolic Collection: St John the Baptist, early 17th century. Creator: Bartolomeo Manfredi

St John the Baptist, early 17th century. Creator: Bartolomeo Manfredi
St John the Baptist, early 17th century

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Gods of the old Japanese mythology: the War-God Maris descending on the Holy Boar, 1860

Gods of the old Japanese mythology: the War-God Maris descending on the Holy Boar, 1860. Creator: Unknown
Gods of the old Japanese mythology: the War-God Maris descending on the Holy Boar, 1860. The winged figure to the left is Foo, and [the winged figure] to the right Tenyu

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Golden Bull of Clement VII. confirming Henry VIII. in the title of Defender of the Faith

The Golden Bull of Clement VII. confirming Henry VIII. in the title of Defender of the Faith, 1860. Creator: Unknown
The Golden Bull of Clement VII. confirming Henry VIII. in the title of Defender of the Faith, 1860. The title...which forms a part of the Royal style of British Sovereigns

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Ox, Gospel of Luke, 1502. Creator: Petrus von Rosenheim

Ox, Gospel of Luke, 1502. Creator: Petrus von Rosenheim
Ox, Gospel of Luke, 1502. Mnemonic, or memory, device, intended to help one remember the Gospel of Luke. His symbol, the ox, presents imagery representing key moments in each chapter

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Reuben, c1590. Creator: Jacques de Gheyn II

Reuben, c1590. Creator: Jacques de Gheyn II
Reuben, c1590. Series: The Twelve Sons of Jacob, pl. 1; Edition: First edition

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Medallion and trophy with musical instruments, c.1600-c.1800. Creator: Anon

Medallion and trophy with musical instruments, c.1600-c.1800. Creator: Anon
Medallion and trophy with musical instruments, c.1600-c.1800. Fan design: a medallion with a standing figure, and musical instruments tied together

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Garland and trophy with painting attribute, 1600-1800. Creator: Anon

Garland and trophy with painting attribute, 1600-1800. Creator: Anon
Garland and trophy with painting attributes, 1600-1800. Fan design

Background imageSymbolic Collection: The Temptation of St Anthony, c.1550-c.1600. Creator: Jheronimus Bosch (manner of)

The Temptation of St Anthony, c.1550-c.1600. Creator: Jheronimus Bosch (manner of)
The Temptation of St Anthony, c.1550-c.1600. St Antony is seen sunk in prayer. He is leaning on a rock with an apple and a wooden staff lying on it

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Symbolic Animals, Folio from a Samgrahanisutra (Book of Compilation), between 1575 and 1600

Symbolic Animals, Folio from a Samgrahanisutra (Book of Compilation), between 1575 and 1600. Creator: Unknown
Symbolic Animals, Folio from a Samgrahanisutra (Book of Compilation), between 1575 and 1600

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Triptych with Virgin and Child, Saint John the Evangelist (left wing)

Triptych with Virgin and Child, Saint John the Evangelist (left wing) and Mary Magdalene (right wing Creator)
Triptych with Virgin and Child, Saint John the Evangelist (left wing) and Mary Magdalene (right wing), c.1505-c.1525. The Virgin, seated beneath an ornate canopy in the centre panel

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Presentation of a silver trumpet to the Artillery Corps and a silver bugle to the Rifle... 1860

Presentation of a silver trumpet to the Artillery Corps and a silver bugle to the Rifle... 1860. Creator: Unknown
Presentation of a silver trumpet to the Artillery Corps and a silver bugle to the Rifle Corps, at Boston, 1860. Event held in the park of Major Hopkins. Mrs

Background imageSymbolic Collection: Presentation to the Highgate Rifle Corps of a silver bugle by Miss Burdet Coutts... 1860

Presentation to the Highgate Rifle Corps of a silver bugle by Miss Burdet Coutts... 1860. Creator: Unknown
Presentation to the Highgate Rifle Corps of a silver bugle by Miss Burdet Coutts, at Holly Lodge, Highgate, 1860. The company having taken their seats, the battalion marched up in column,



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