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Habit Collection

"Habit: A Timeless Reflection of Devotion and Identity" In the world of art, the concept of "habit" goes beyond mere clothing

Background imageHabit Collection: Nun of the order of Feuillantines, Congregation of Our Lady of the Feuillants, Cistercian

Nun of the order of Feuillantines, Congregation of Our Lady of the Feuillants, Cistercian, Religieuse Feuillantine
5912793 Nun of the order of Feuillantines, Congregation of Our Lady of the Feuillants, Cistercian, Religieuse Feuillantine

Background imageHabit Collection: St Hilda / Whitby / Reid

St Hilda / Whitby / Reid
SAINT HILDA OF WHITBY Anglo-Saxon abbess, receiving a visit from Caedmon

Background imageHabit Collection: Nun on a skateboard

Nun on a skateboard, holding her arms out for balance. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageHabit Collection: St. Teresa of Avila (oil on canvas)

St. Teresa of Avila (oil on canvas)
REV345898 St. Teresa of Avila (oil on canvas) by Spanish School, (17th century); Monasterio de Santa Maria de San Salvador, Canas

Background imageHabit Collection: Nun looking at the camera

Nun looking at the camera, with her finger covering her lips as if in a conspiracy of silence. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageHabit Collection: Ramon Llull (1235-1316). Breviculum Codex. Miniature. Baden

Ramon Llull (1235-1316). Breviculum Codex. Miniature. Baden
Ramon Llull (1235-1316). Breviculum Codex. Miniature. Llull preaching. Parchment 92. Page 5r. Baden Memorial Library. Karlsruhe. Germany

Background imageHabit Collection: Monk by the Sea, 1808-10 (oil on canvas)

Monk by the Sea, 1808-10 (oil on canvas)
XJL211848 Monk by the Sea, 1808-10 (oil on canvas) by Friedrich, Caspar David (1774-1840); 110z171.5 cm; Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany; (add.info.: Der MAonch am Meer); German

Background imageHabit Collection: Five Saints, detail of St. Clare (fresco)

Five Saints, detail of St. Clare (fresco)
XIR161749 Five Saints, detail of St. Clare (fresco) by Martini, Simone (1284-1344); Basilica of St. Francis, Assisi, Italy; (add.info.: foundress of the Minoresses or Poor Clares; ); Italian

Background imageHabit Collection: DRUNK MONK

DRUNK MONK
A portly monk with a moustache smiles to himself as he prepares to drink a glass of wine or a similar tipple

Background imageHabit Collection: Carthusian monks process to matins at 2 am

Carthusian monks process to matins at 2 am
Carthusian monks in cowls and habits process to matins at 2 am

Background imageHabit Collection: St. Jerome Removing a Thorn from the Lions Paw, c

St. Jerome Removing a Thorn from the Lions Paw, c
XAL178985 St. Jerome Removing a Thorn from the Lions Paw, c.1445 (oil on panel) (see 178986 for detail) by Colantonio, Niccolo Antonio (fl.1455-62); Museo e Gallerie Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples

Background imageHabit Collection: Kashmir Shawl Dress 1810

Kashmir Shawl Dress 1810
Red evening shawl dress created from a Kashmir shawl has short puffed sleeves & is worn over a habit shirt. She carries a green shawl & wears a pearl bandeau in her hair. Date: 1810

Background imageHabit Collection: St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux
SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX French religious who established the monastery at Clairvaux

Background imageHabit Collection: Convent Thoughts, 1850-51 (oil on canvas)

Convent Thoughts, 1850-51 (oil on canvas)
AMO98746 Convent Thoughts, 1850-51 (oil on canvas) by Collins, Charles Alston (1828-73); 84x59 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; eAshmolean Museum; English, out of copyright

Background imageHabit Collection: Reception of Jacques de Molay. 1840s; Reception

Reception of Jacques de Molay. 1840s; Reception of Jacques de Molay. 1840s. Work by GRANET, Fran篩s Marius (1775-1849); GRANET, Fran篩s Marius (1775-1849). Oil on canvas. FRANCE. Avignon

Background imageHabit Collection: Chaffinch (Morris)

Chaffinch (Morris)
(Fringilla coelebs) Coelebs means bachelor, and refers to the birds habit of temporary separation from its mate

Background imageHabit Collection: St. Francis Preaching to the Birds, 1297-99 (fresco)

St. Francis Preaching to the Birds, 1297-99 (fresco)
XIR62297 St. Francis Preaching to the Birds, 1297-99 (fresco) by Giotto di Bondone (c.1266-1337); San Francesco, Upper Church, Assisi, Italy; Gift of Mr and Mrs Henry H

Background imageHabit Collection: Detail of Aparici󮠤e Cristo a San Ignacio

Detail of Aparici󮠤e Cristo a San Ignacio
" Detail of " Aparici󮠤 e Cristo a San Ignacio" (" The Apparition of Christ to Saint Ignatius" ), 1595."

Background imageHabit Collection: The Tasting (oil on canvas)

The Tasting (oil on canvas)
473290 The Tasting (oil on canvas) by Sani, Alessandro (1856-1927); 51.4x61.6 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageHabit Collection: Martin Luther in spiritual torment (engraving)

Martin Luther in spiritual torment (engraving)
3647705 Martin Luther in spiritual torment (engraving) by Konig, Gustav Ferdinand Leopold (1808-69); Private Collection; (add.info.: Martin Luther in spiritual torment)

Background imageHabit Collection: Little Sisters of the Poor (chromolitho)

Little Sisters of the Poor (chromolitho)
1094337 Little Sisters of the Poor (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: French educational card, late 19th or early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageHabit Collection: Equestrian Portrait of Mademoiselle Croizette, 1873 (oil on canvas)

Equestrian Portrait of Mademoiselle Croizette, 1873 (oil on canvas)
XIR26190 Equestrian Portrait of Mademoiselle Croizette, 1873 (oil on canvas) by Carolus-Duran, Charles Emile Auguste (1837-1917); Musee des Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing

Background imageHabit Collection: Nun On A Go-Kart

Nun On A Go-Kart
Akron, Ohio: October 10. 1962. Sister John Bosco of the St. Sebastian School in Akron having fun tooling around a go-kart track

Background imageHabit Collection: Federico Cattani Amadori (1856-1943). Colored engraving

Federico Cattani Amadori (1856-1943). Colored engraving
Federico Cattani Amadori (1856-1943). Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Secretary of the Apostolic Signatura (1924-1935). Engraving in The Spanish and American Illustration, 1877. Colored

Background imageHabit Collection: Galileo and his daughter Maria Celeste

Galileo and his daughter Maria Celeste
Galilei Galileo (1564-1642), Italian physicist and astronomer, being guided by his daughter Maria Celeste (1600-1634), a nun

Background imageHabit Collection: Woman Smoking 1940S

Woman Smoking 1940S
A young housewife exhales a stream of smoke as she takes a break from her household tasks. By the end of World War Two, nearly half of the women in Britain had a smoking habit

Background imageHabit Collection: Nuns in Venice, Italy

Nuns in Venice, Italy
Nuns walking along a narrow passageway in Venice, Italy. circa 1969

Background imageHabit Collection: The Cigarette by Gordon Conway

The Cigarette by Gordon Conway
Stunning illustration by Gordon Conway depicting an elegant woman in black wearing a close-fitting cloche hat and some impressive emerald, diamond and pearl jewels

Background imageHabit Collection: Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903). Engraving. Colored

Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903). Engraving. Colored
Leo XIII (1810-1903). Italian Pope (1878-1903), named Vincenzo Gioacchino Pecci. Engraving by Knesing in The Catalan Illustration, 1893. Colored

Background imageHabit Collection: Nun on a bicycle in a playground

Nun on a bicycle in a playground. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageHabit Collection: LONG ISLAND: CLAMMING, 1957. Two nuns in habits, clam digging in the water off of Long Island

LONG ISLAND: CLAMMING, 1957. Two nuns in habits, clam digging in the water off of Long Island, New York. Photograph by Toni Frissell, 1957

Background imageHabit Collection: Saint Antoninus of Pamiers. Christian missionary and martyr

Saint Antoninus of Pamiers. Christian missionary and martyr
Saint Antoninus of Pamiers. Early Christian missionary and martyr. Patron saint of the cities of Pamiers (France), Palencia and Medina del Campo (Spain). Portrait. Illustration by Llanta

Background imageHabit Collection: French riding habit 1886

French riding habit 1886
Black or navy cloth, the bodies fastens at the sides at the sides and opens below the waist to show a white waistcoat. 1886

Background imageHabit Collection: Virgin and Child with St. Benedict, from the Priory of St. Hippolytus of Vivoin

Virgin and Child with St. Benedict, from the Priory of St. Hippolytus of Vivoin
XIR243430 Virgin and Child with St. Benedict, from the Priory of St. Hippolytus of Vivoin (oil on panel) by French School, (15th century); 112x115 cm; Musee de Tesse, Le Mans

Background imageHabit Collection: Knight at Prayer

Knight at Prayer
An English knight in military habit in an attitude of prayer

Background imageHabit Collection: Raleigh Smoking

Raleigh Smoking
Sir Walter Raleigh, credited with bringing the tobacco habit to Britain, enjoys his pipe

Background imageHabit Collection: Knight of the Knights Templar in house habit, Templier en habit de maison

Knight of the Knights Templar in house habit, Templier en habit de maison
5912809 Knight of the Knights Templar in house habit, Templier en habit de maison. Handcoloured woodblock engraving after an illustration by Jacques Charles Bar from Abbot Tirons Histoire et Costumes

Background imageHabit Collection: St Claire holding a Monstrance with the eucharist (oil on copper)

St Claire holding a Monstrance with the eucharist (oil on copper)
RAF53258 St Claire holding a Monstrance with the eucharist (oil on copper) by Luyckx or Leux, Frans (1604-68); 40x31.1 cm; Private Collection; Photo eRafael Valls Gallery, London, UK; Flemish

Background imageHabit Collection: Women riding side saddle 1895

Women riding side saddle 1895
Two women riding in th countryside, side saddle. Date: 1895

Background imageHabit Collection: St. Dominic de Guzman and the Albigensians, 1493-99 (oil on panel)

St. Dominic de Guzman and the Albigensians, 1493-99 (oil on panel)
3247804 St. Dominic de Guzman and the Albigensians, 1493-99 (oil on panel) by Berruguete, Pedro (c.1450-1504); 122x83 cm; Prado, Madrid

Background imageHabit Collection: Habit of a Young Woman of Otaheite Dancing

Habit of a Young Woman of Otaheite Dancing
Habit of a Young Woman of Otaheite (now Tahiti) Dancing, encountered by Captain James Cook on one of his expeditions. circa 1793

Background imageHabit Collection: Saint Denis of Paris. 3rd century AD. Engraving. Colored

Saint Denis of Paris. 3rd century AD. Engraving. Colored
Saint Denis of Paris (3rd century AD). Bishop of Paris. Colored engraving. 19th century

Background imageHabit Collection: Riding habit

Riding habit
Woman wearing a traditional Victorian riding habit. circa 1840s

Background imageHabit Collection: Lady Randolph Churchill

Lady Randolph Churchill
JENNIE JEROME, (1854 - 1921) Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston Churchill and wife of the Tory politician Randolph Churchill

Background imageHabit Collection: Saint James the Great (1st century-44). Statue. Facade of

Saint James the Great (1st century-44). Statue. Facade of
Saint James the Great (1st century-44). Apostle and martyr. Baroque statue. Facade of Monastery of Saint John of Poyo. Galice. Spain

Background imageHabit Collection: St. Francis in Meditation, 1639

St. Francis in Meditation, 1639
BAL72637 St. Francis in Meditation, 1639 by Zurbaran, Francisco de (1598-1664); 162x137 cm; National Gallery, London, UK; Spanish, out of copyright

Background imageHabit Collection: Armand Jean le Bouthillier de Rance, 1683 (engraving)

Armand Jean le Bouthillier de Rance, 1683 (engraving)
XJF406212 Armand Jean le Bouthillier de Rance, 1683 (engraving) by Schuppen, Pierre Louis van (1627-1702); Private Collection; (add.info)



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"Habit: A Timeless Reflection of Devotion and Identity" In the world of art, the concept of "habit" goes beyond mere clothing. It delves into the realms of spirituality, tradition, and personal expression. From St. Teresa of Avila's serene gaze in her oil on canvas portrait to Saint Brigid of Ireland's humble demeanor captured through brushstrokes, these holy figures embody the essence of habit. But habits aren't limited to religious icons alone; they extend to everyday encounters with supernatural beings as well. Picture a woman raising her skirts fearlessly, daring to scare off the devil himself – an act that showcases how our they can empower us against adversity. Surprising as it may seem, even nuns have their moments outside convent walls. Imagine a nun gracefully gliding on a skateboard – an unexpected sight that reminds us that beneath their traditional garb lies individuals who embrace modernity while staying true to their calling. Throughout history, various artists have depicted monks engaged in different activities within monastic life. Ramon Llull's miniature from Breviculum Codex captures the solemnity and dedication found within these communities. On another note, St Bernard of Clairvaux might be known for his wisdom but even he had his share of lightheartedness - perhaps portrayed humorously as a drunk monk in some depictions. The daily routines followed by Carthusian monks are awe-inspiring; marching together at 2 am for matins reveals their unwavering commitment to prayer and discipline. Artworks like "Convent Thoughts" by an unknown artist or "Monk by the Sea" painted by Caspar David Friedrich evoke introspection and solitude often associated with those living in cloistered environments. However, not all nuns remain hidden behind veils; some boldly meet our gaze head-on. Their eyes reflect resilience and determination despite societal expectations or stereotypes imposed upon them.