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In the tumultuous year of 1963, a Buddhist monk named Thich Quang Duc made a powerful statement that shook the world

Background imageMonk Collection: LUCA PACIOLI (1445?-?1514). Italian mathematician and Franciscan friar. Painting

LUCA PACIOLI (1445?-?1514). Italian mathematician and Franciscan friar. Painting, 16th century

Background imageMonk Collection: Scribe copying manuscripts in the Middle Ages

Scribe copying manuscripts in the Middle Ages
Medieval scribe writing at a desk, surrounded by open manuscripts. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMonk Collection: The Warning before Flodden, 1874 (oil on canvas)

The Warning before Flodden, 1874 (oil on canvas)
WAG13324 The Warning before Flodden, 1874 (oil on canvas) by Faed, John (1820-1902); 135 x 185 cm; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands

Background imageMonk Collection: Vision of the Flaming Chariot (from Legend of Saint Francis), 1295-1300

Vision of the Flaming Chariot (from Legend of Saint Francis), 1295-1300. Creator: Giotto di Bondone (1266-1377)
Vision of the Flaming Chariot (from Legend of Saint Francis), 1295-1300. Found in the collection of the Basilika San Francesco, Assisi

Background imageMonk 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 imageMonk Collection: Fra Mauro map (1460). The Fra Mauro Map orientation (South at the top). is considered

Fra Mauro map (1460). The Fra Mauro Map orientation (South at the top). is considered
Fra Mauro map (1460). The Fra Mauro Map orientation (South at the top).is considered the greatest memorial of medieval cartography. by the Venetian monk Fra Mauro

Background imageMonk Collection: Holy Infant of Prague

Holy Infant of Prague
The miraculous Holy Infant of Prague was revealed by his mother Mary to Saint Cyril of the Mother of God, a barefoot Carmelite monk, at Prague, in the 9th century

Background imageMonk Collection: St Hilda / Whitby / Reid

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

Background imageMonk Collection: Icon of St. Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury, with the Holy Grail and the staff that flowered

Icon of St. Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury, with the Holy Grail and the staff that flowered, by the hand of a Monk of the Brotherhood of St. Seraphim of Sarov

Background imageMonk Collection: Dom Perignon / Monk

Dom Perignon / Monk
Dom Perignon, a Benedictine monk of Hautvillers, discovers the champagne process

Background imageMonk Collection: Coates Plymouth Gin

Coates Plymouth Gin
A label for Coates Plymouth Gin

Background imageMonk Collection: Fleisch macht Fleisch (Meat Gives Meat), 1555

Fleisch macht Fleisch (Meat Gives Meat), 1555. Found in the Collection of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Background imageMonk Collection: The Venerable Bede translating the last chapter of St John. The Illustration from An Outline of

The Venerable Bede translating the last chapter of St John. The Illustration from An Outline of Christianity edited by
1275249 The Venerable Bede translating the last chapter of St John. The Illustration from An Outline of Christianity edited by As Peake et al (Waverley, c 1910.) by Penrose

Background imageMonk Collection: Fudo Myoo Threatening a Novice, 1885. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Fudo Myoo Threatening a Novice, 1885. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Fudo Myoo Threatening a Novice, 1885

Background imageMonk Collection: Saint Hugh of Lincoln and the Swan, 1912. Artist: Winifred Mary Letts

Saint Hugh of Lincoln and the Swan, 1912. Artist: Winifred Mary Letts
Saint Hugh of Lincoln and the Swan, 1912. Hugh of Lincoln (1135/40-1200), also known as Hugh of Avalon, was a French noble, Benedictine and Carthusian monk

Background imageMonk Collection: Saint Jerome in his Study, ca 1475. Artist: Antonello da Messina (ca 1430-1479)

Saint Jerome in his Study, ca 1475. Artist: Antonello da Messina (ca 1430-1479)
Saint Jerome in his Study, ca 1475. Found in the collection of the National Gallery, London

Background imageMonk Collection: Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591). Engraving. Colored

Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591). Engraving. Colored
Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591). Spanish friar of DIscalced Carmelite Order. Engraving. Colored

Background imageMonk Collection: Protestant Reformation. Satire against Martin Luther (1483

Protestant Reformation. Satire against Martin Luther (1483
Protestant Reformation. 16th century. Germany. Satire against Martin Luther (1483-1546). Colored engraving

Background imageMonk Collection: Komuso Buddhist monks, Japan

Komuso Buddhist monks, Japan. They wear a straw basket (tengai) over their head and play a bamboo flute (shakuhachi). Date: circa 1890s

Background imageMonk Collection: Old Reading Abbey Whisky

Old Reading Abbey Whisky
Old Reading Abbey, Scotch and Irish Whisky advert with monks drinking with their meal 1900s

Background imageMonk Collection: St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Digitally colored engraving

Background imageMonk Collection: Netherlandish Proverbs illustrated in a village landscape

Netherlandish Proverbs illustrated in a village landscape
CH11386 Netherlandish Proverbs illustrated in a village landscape by Brueghel, Pieter the Younger (c.1564-1638); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMonk Collection: ST. BRENDAN: MASS. St. Brendan and his monks celebrate Mass on the back of a whale

ST. BRENDAN: MASS. St. Brendan and his monks celebrate Mass on the back of a whale. Color engraving after a medieval illumination

Background imageMonk Collection: Monks lighting khom loy candles and lanterns for Loi Krathong festival

Monks lighting khom loy candles and lanterns for Loi Krathong festival

Background imageMonk Collection: Novice Buddhist monks

Novice Buddhist monks, Doi Kong Mu Temple, Mae Hong Son, northern Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageMonk 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 imageMonk 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 imageMonk Collection: Saint Columba with his horse

Saint Columba with his horse
Saint Columba (also known as Colum Cille, meaning dove of the church) with his horse. He was a Gaelic Irish missionary monk, thought to have introduced Christianity to the Picts

Background imageMonk Collection: Duns Scotus (1266-1308). Philosopher-theologians. Scriptum q

Duns Scotus (1266-1308). Philosopher-theologians. Scriptum q
Duns Scotus (1266-1308). Philosopher-theologians of the High Middle Ages. Scholasticism school. Scriptum quartum a Joanne Duns Scoto super quarto sententiarum editum. Edit, 1517

Background imageMonk Collection: Rasputin, Grigory Yefimovich (1872-1916)

Rasputin, Grigory Yefimovich (1872-1916). Siberian monk, Tsar Nicholas IIs councillor. Portrait of Rasputin. Photography. RUSSIA

Background imageMonk Collection: Saint Francis of Assisi statue

Saint Francis of Assisi statue
Statue of Saint Francis of Assisi in the garden of San Diego Mission, California. Digital photograph

Background imageMonk Collection: Martin Luther

Martin Luther portrait. Hand-colored engraving reproduction of a portrait by Holbein

Background imageMonk Collection: Young monk offers flowers, Aukana Buddha, 39 ft high, Sri Lanka, Asia

Young monk offers flowers, Aukana Buddha, 39 ft high, Sri Lanka, Asia

Background imageMonk Collection: Novice monk praying at the feet of Giant Buddha statue

Novice monk praying at the feet of Giant Buddha statue, Wat Intharawihan (Wat In), Bangkok, Thailand, Asia

Background imageMonk Collection: Monks during Za-Zen meditation in the Zazen Hall

Monks during Za-Zen meditation in the Zazen Hall, Elheiji Zen Monastery, Japan, Asia

Background imageMonk Collection: Monks Copying Manuscript

Monks Copying Manuscript
Monastic copyists replicating manuscripts in the scriptorium of their monastery

Background imageMonk Collection: Art / Hogarth / Roast Beef

Art / Hogarth / Roast Beef
THE GATE OF CALAIS, OR, O THE ROAST BEEF OF OLD ENGLAND a satire on the well-fed English versus the poorly- fed French

Background imageMonk Collection: Brockley Court Ghost

Brockley Court Ghost
THE BROCKLEY COURT GHOST [near Clevedon, Somerset] Student Spencer-Palmer photographed by his brother as a ghostly monk - photo often taken to be genuine !

Background imageMonk Collection: St Bernard of Clairvaux

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

Background imageMonk Collection: Allegory of Obedience, c. 1330 (fresco)

Allegory of Obedience, c. 1330 (fresco)
XIR440726 Allegory of Obedience, c.1330 (fresco) by Giotto di Bondone (c.1266-1337) (school of); San Francesco, Lower Church, Assisi

Background imageMonk Collection: Resident monk at chapel door, Paleokastritsa Monastery, Corfu, Ionian Islands

Resident monk at chapel door, Paleokastritsa Monastery, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greek Islands, Greece, Europe

Background imageMonk Collection: Rasputin in Hospital

Rasputin in Hospital
GRIGORI RASPUTIN Russian priest and intriguer in hospital after Khina Gussevas attempt on his life

Background imageMonk Collection: The Seven Liberal Arts, illustration from Hortus deliciarum

The Seven Liberal Arts, illustration from Hortus deliciarum
XIR219019 The Seven Liberal Arts, illustration from Hortus deliciarum by Herrade de Landsberg (1125-95) (ink on vellum) (b/w photo) by German School, (12th century); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Background imageMonk Collection: MONK DRINKING WINE. Good Old Wine. Wood engraving, 19th century

MONK DRINKING WINE. Good Old Wine. Wood engraving, 19th century

Background imageMonk Collection: Medieval scholar, 16th century

Medieval scholar, 16th century

Background imageMonk Collection: Martin Luther, German theologian

Martin Luther, German theologian
Martin Luther (1483-1546), German theologian and founder of the Protestant Reformation. Luther was born at Eisleben. Initially trained in law

Background imageMonk Collection: Cluniac Monk

Cluniac Monk
Cluniac monk of Melton Mowbray, England, with his cowl

Background imageMonk Collection: Sadhus at a royal bath (Sahi Snan) during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh

Sadhus at a royal bath (Sahi Snan) during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia



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In the tumultuous year of 1963, a Buddhist monk named Thich Quang Duc made a powerful statement that shook the world. Faced with President Ngo Dinh Diem's oppressive anti-Buddhist measures and his mistreatment of protestors, Duc decided to take drastic action. On June 11th, at an intersection in Saigon, South Vietnam, he committed self-immolation. Captured by photographer Malcolm Browne, the image of Duc engulfed in flames became an iconic symbol of resistance and sacrifice. It served as a stark reminder of the lengths individuals would go to fight for their beliefs and bring attention to injustice. Centuries earlier, another monk left his mark on history through cartography. The Fra Mauro Map from 1460 challenged conventional wisdom by orienting south at the top instead of north. This bold choice showcased the innovative thinking and curiosity present within monastic circles during that time. Monks have often been associated with spiritual practices and devotion throughout history. From Dom Perignon perfecting champagne-making techniques to Coates Plymouth Gin crafted by monks using secret recipes passed down through generations – their dedication has resulted in exquisite creations enjoyed by many. Religious icons also play a significant role in monastic traditions. The Icon of St. Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury depicts him holding both the Holy Grail and a staff that miraculously bloomed with flowers – symbols representing faith and divine intervention. Artistic expressions have long captured various aspects of monastic life too. Antonello da Messina's painting "Saint Jerome in his Study" portrays contemplation amidst books and solitude while highlighting intellectual pursuits embraced by monks. Yet not all depictions are serene; some explore folklore or satire like "Woman raising her skirts to scare off the devil. " These images remind us that even those dedicated to spirituality can confront earthly challenges with humor or unconventional methods. Saint John of the Cross exemplifies the resilience and strength found in monastic figures.