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The Mercy Fathers ransoming the captives in Algeria, c. 1830-40 (litho) (b / w photo)

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The Mercy Fathers ransoming the captives in Algeria, c. 1830-40 (litho) (b / w photo)

CHT287709 The Mercy Fathers ransoming the captives in Algeria, c.1830-40 (litho) (b/w photo) by French School, (19th century); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; (add.info.: rachat des captifs par les Peres de la Merci en Algerie; ); eArchives Charmet; French, out of copyright

Media ID 23178584

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Algerian Algerians Arabs Banner Captive Chain Chains Charity Crucifix Freedom Freeing Moorish Architecture Moslem Oriental Costume Pair Of Scales Paying Payment Prisoners Ransom Weighing Archs Arcs Monks Prisoner Religious Orders


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This print captures a powerful moment in history - "The Mercy Fathers ransoming the captives in Algeria, c. 1830-40". The image showcases the courageous efforts of the French School, 19th-century artists who depicted the scene from an engraving found at Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France. In this composition, we witness a group of Mercy Fathers clad in religious habits negotiating for the release of prisoners held captive by Algerians. The priests stand tall and resolute against a backdrop of Moorish architecture, symbolizing their unwavering commitment to freedom and charity. The scene is filled with poignant details: chains that once bound these unfortunate souls now lie broken on the ground; a pair of scales signifies fair payment for their liberation; and a banner bearing a crucifix serves as a reminder of faith amidst turmoil. Amidst this exchange between Christian missionaries and Arab captors, one cannot help but be moved by the juxtapositions present - male figures donning Islamic attire alongside clergymen wearing traditional Christian garb. These visual contrasts highlight both cultural differences and shared humanity. "The Mercy Fathers ransoming the captives" serves as an enduring testament to compassion transcending boundaries. It reminds us that even in times marred by conflict, acts of kindness can bring hope and restore dignity to those trapped within oppressive circumstances.

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