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Background imagePaganism Collection: The Wicker Man (1973) UK One Sheet poster

The Wicker Man (1973) UK One Sheet poster
Original British Lion poster artwork for the release of Robin Hardys The Wicker Man, featuring Christopher Lee and Ed Woodward

Background imagePaganism Collection: The wild Hunt of Odin, 1872. Creator: Arbo, Peter Nicolai (1831-1892)

The wild Hunt of Odin, 1872. Creator: Arbo, Peter Nicolai (1831-1892)
The wild Hunt of Odin, 1872. Found in the Collection of Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design, Oslo

Background imagePaganism Collection: The Wicker Man (1973) UK Quad Artwork

The Wicker Man (1973) UK Quad Artwork
British Lions artwork for the UK release of The Wicker Man, starring Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle and Ed Woodward

Background imagePaganism Collection: Sisyphus (chromolitho)

Sisyphus (chromolitho)
975904 Sisyphus (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sisyphus. French educational card, late 19th/early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imagePaganism Collection: Lokis brood. From Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons, c. 1905

Lokis brood. From Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons, c. 1905. Private Collection

Background imagePaganism Collection: Freia, the fair one. Illustration for The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie by Richard Wagner, 1910

Freia, the fair one. Illustration for The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie by Richard Wagner, 1910. Private Collection

Background imagePaganism Collection: Illustration for The Edda. Artist: Rackham, Arthur (1867-1939)

Illustration for The Edda. Artist: Rackham, Arthur (1867-1939)
Illustration for The Edda. Private Collection

Background imagePaganism Collection: A unicorn or unicorn, mythological animal - Engraving from a work by Athanasius Kircher

A unicorn or unicorn, mythological animal - Engraving from a work by Athanasius Kircher
GIA4784277 A unicorn or unicorn, mythological animal - Engraving from a work by Athanasius Kircher (1601-1680), Jesuite, orientalist and German scholar by Unknown Artist

Background imagePaganism Collection: Odin questioning Mimir (colour litho)

Odin questioning Mimir (colour litho)
7173279 Odin questioning Mimir (colour litho) by Doepler, Carl Emil (1824-1905); Private Collection; (add.info.: Odin questioning Mimir)

Background imagePaganism Collection: Psyche revived by the kiss of Love (Amore e psiche) Marble sculpture by Antonio Canova

Psyche revived by the kiss of Love (Amore e psiche) Marble sculpture by Antonio Canova
JLJ4682879 Psyche revived by the kiss of Love (Amore e psiche) Marble sculpture by Antonio Canova (1757-1822) 1793. by Canova, Antonio (1757-1822); Louvre, Paris

Background imagePaganism Collection: Gigantic Druidical Idol (engraving)

Gigantic Druidical Idol (engraving)
979320 Gigantic Druidical Idol (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Gigantic Druidical Idol)

Background imagePaganism Collection: The Ride of the Valkyries

The Ride of the Valkyries. Found in the collection of Nationalmuseum Stockholm

Background imagePaganism Collection: The Chief Druid (from Mona Antiqua Restaurata), 1723. Artist: Rowlands, Henry (1655-1723)

The Chief Druid (from Mona Antiqua Restaurata), 1723. Artist: Rowlands, Henry (1655-1723)
The Chief Druid (from Mona Antiqua Restaurata), 1723. Private Collection

Background imagePaganism Collection: A British Druid

A British Druid

Background imagePaganism Collection: Elf with iris flowers, ca. 1886-1890. Creator: Mucha, Alfons Marie (1860-1939)

Elf with iris flowers, ca. 1886-1890. Creator: Mucha, Alfons Marie (1860-1939)
Elf with iris flowers, ca. 1886-1890. Private Collection

Background imagePaganism Collection: The May-pole, 1866. Artist: Charles Cousen

The May-pole, 1866. Artist: Charles Cousen
The May-pole, 1866. 19th century imagining of Elizabethans celebrating May Day, an annual European tradition thought to have originated as a pagan fertility rite

Background imagePaganism Collection: The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle, c. 1500 (wool warp with wool, silk

The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle, c. 1500 (wool warp with wool, silk
3469071 The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle, c.1500 (wool warp with wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts) by Netherlandish School (16th century)

Background imagePaganism Collection: Egyptian antiquite: pectoral of Pharaoh Ramses II (1279-1213 BC) 19th Dynasty

Egyptian antiquite: pectoral of Pharaoh Ramses II (1279-1213 BC) 19th Dynasty
LRI4633627 Egyptian antiquite: pectoral of Pharaoh Ramses II (1279-1213 BC) 19th Dynasty. In the center the goddess cobra Ouadjet and the vulture goddess Nekhbet

Background imagePaganism Collection: The fall of Icarus (detail) - 1636 (oil on canvas)

The fall of Icarus (detail) - 1636 (oil on canvas)
AIS5362386 The fall of Icarus (detail) - 1636 (oil on canvas) by Gowy, Jacob Peter (fl.1632-61); Prado, Madrid, Spain; (add.info.: Deadalus is flying on his side); eIberfoto; Flemish, out of copyright

Background imagePaganism Collection: Odin Hanging on the World-Tree. Illustration for The Edda: Germanic Gods and Heroes

Odin Hanging on the World-Tree. Illustration for The Edda: Germanic Gods and Heroes by Hans von Wolzogen. Private Collection

Background imagePaganism Collection: Odin and Fenrir, Freyr and Surt. From Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons, c. 1905

Odin and Fenrir, Freyr and Surt. From Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons, c. 1905. Private Collection

Background imagePaganism Collection: Binding of Fenris. From Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons, c. 1905

Binding of Fenris. From Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons, c. 1905. Private Collection

Background imagePaganism Collection: Der Ring des Nibelungen, 1897

Der Ring des Nibelungen, 1897. Private Collection

Background imagePaganism Collection: The Walkuren (Valkyrien), ca 1899

The Walkuren (Valkyrien), ca 1899. Found in the Collection of Biblioteca de Catalunya

Background imagePaganism Collection: Meadow Elves (The fairies of meadow). Artist: Blommer, Nils Jakob (1816-1853)

Meadow Elves (The fairies of meadow). Artist: Blommer, Nils Jakob (1816-1853)
Meadow Elves (The fairies of meadow). Found in the collection of Nationalmuseum Stockholm

Background imagePaganism Collection: Wotans Farewell and Magic Fire. Artist: Hendrich, Hermann (1854-1931)

Wotans Farewell and Magic Fire. Artist: Hendrich, Hermann (1854-1931)
Wotans Farewell and Magic Fire. Private Collection

Background imagePaganism Collection: Wassailing apple trees with hot cider in Devonshire on twelfth eve, 1861

Wassailing apple trees with hot cider in Devonshire on twelfth eve, 1861. A print from The Illustrated London News, (12 January 1861)

Background imagePaganism Collection: The Growth of Russia in Europe, 1300-1796 (colour litho)

The Growth of Russia in Europe, 1300-1796 (colour litho)
6016385 The Growth of Russia in Europe, 1300-1796 (colour litho) by Shepherd, William R. (1871-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Growth of Russia in Europe, 1300-1796)

Background imagePaganism Collection: Map of the Roman provinces of Gaul, Britannia and Germania (coloured engraving)

Map of the Roman provinces of Gaul, Britannia and Germania (coloured engraving)
7148263 Map of the Roman provinces of Gaul, Britannia and Germania (coloured engraving) by Kiepert, Heinrich (1818-99); Private Collection; (add.info.: Map of the Roman provinces of Gaul)

Background imagePaganism Collection: The Carolingian and Byzantine Empires and the Califate about 814 (colour litho)

The Carolingian and Byzantine Empires and the Califate about 814 (colour litho)
6016339 The Carolingian and Byzantine Empires and the Califate about 814 (colour litho) by Shepherd, William R. (1871-1934); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePaganism Collection: Bust of the Roman god Saturn (engraving)

Bust of the Roman god Saturn (engraving)
7147508 Bust of the Roman god Saturn (engraving) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bust of the Roman god Saturn)

Background imagePaganism Collection: Veneration of Demeter (Ceres) (engraving)

Veneration of Demeter (Ceres) (engraving)
7186067 Veneration of Demeter (Ceres) (engraving) by Saenredam, Jan (1565-1607); Private Collection; (add.info.: Veneration of Demeter (Ceres)

Background imagePaganism Collection: Academic art : The Vestals par Rico Cejudo, Jose (1864-1943), 1888-1895. Oil on canvas, 277x180

Academic art : The Vestals par Rico Cejudo, Jose (1864-1943), 1888-1895. Oil on canvas, 277x180
FIA5406092 Academic art : The Vestals par Rico Cejudo, Jose (1864-1943), 1888-1895. Oil on canvas, 277x180. Ayuntamiento de Sevilla by Rico y Cejudo, Jose (1864-1939); Ayuntamiento de Sevilla

Background imagePaganism Collection: Pan, ancient Greek god of nature and the wild (engraving)

Pan, ancient Greek god of nature and the wild (engraving)
5207795 Pan, ancient Greek god of nature and the wild (engraving) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Pan, ancient Greek god of nature and the wild)

Background imagePaganism Collection: Initiation rites of the cult of Dionysus, fresco from the Villa Dei Mysteri

Initiation rites of the cult of Dionysus, fresco from the Villa Dei Mysteri
AIS5365809 Initiation rites of the cult of Dionysus, fresco from the Villa Dei Mysteri, 1st century BC (fresco) by Roman, (1st century BC); Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii

Background imagePaganism Collection: Valkyrie (1st Act): Sieglinde and her brother Siegmund

Valkyrie (1st Act): Sieglinde and her brother Siegmund. Private Collection

Background imagePaganism Collection: Thors Fight with the Giants. Artist: Winge, Marten Eskil (1825-1896)

Thors Fight with the Giants. Artist: Winge, Marten Eskil (1825-1896)
Thors Fight with the Giants. Found in the collection of Nationalmuseum Stockholm

Background imagePaganism Collection: Trimurti - Siva, Vishnu, Krishna : Hindu Gods

Trimurti - Siva, Vishnu, Krishna : Hindu Gods
Illustration of a Trimurti - Siva, Vishnu, Krishna : Hindu Gods

Background imagePaganism Collection: Cuchulain follows the shining wheel (colour litho)

Cuchulain follows the shining wheel (colour litho)
2780517 Cuchulain follows the shining wheel (colour litho) by Reid, Stephen (1873-1948); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cuchulain follows the shining wheel)

Background imagePaganism Collection: Claudio Monteverdis opera Orpheus (engraving)

Claudio Monteverdis opera Orpheus (engraving)
7149743 Claudio Monteverdis opera Orpheus (engraving) by Italian School, (17th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Italian compser Claudio Monteverdis opera Orpheus)

Background imagePaganism Collection: Athena guiding Telemachus in his search for Odysseus (colour litho)

Athena guiding Telemachus in his search for Odysseus (colour litho)
7201988 Athena guiding Telemachus in his search for Odysseus (colour litho) by Bonamy, Armand Joseph (fl.1900-30); Private Collection; (add.info.: Athena, disguised as Mentor)

Background imagePaganism Collection: Mermaid, c. 1889 (oil on canvas)

Mermaid, c. 1889 (oil on canvas)
7081798 Mermaid, c.1889 (oil on canvas) by Church, Frederick Stuart (1842-1924); 139.7x53.3 cm; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA; North Carolina Museum of Art; American, out of copyright

Background imagePaganism Collection: Jason and the Argonauts: 'The good ship Argo leapt up from the sand upon the rollers

Jason and the Argonauts: "The good ship Argo leapt up from the sand upon the rollers
5989624 Jason and the Argonauts: " The good ship Argo leapt up from the sand upon the rollers, and plunged onward like a gallant horse" (litho) by Soper

Background imagePaganism Collection: representation of the God Mars 17th century (engraving)

representation of the God Mars 17th century (engraving)
GIA4741335 representation of the God Mars 17th century (engraving) by Unknown Artist, (17th century); Private Collection; eGiancarlo Costa; out of copyright

Background imagePaganism Collection: The Iliad: Andromache and Astyanax meet Hektor prepared for war (engraving)

The Iliad: Andromache and Astyanax meet Hektor prepared for war (engraving)
6026365 The Iliad: Andromache and Astyanax meet Hektor prepared for war (engraving) by Jacomb-Hood, George Percy (1857-1930); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePaganism Collection: Narcissus, 1876 (w / c)

Narcissus, 1876 (w / c)
MAL85983 Narcissus, 1876 (w/c) by Thornycroft, Helen (1848-1937); 26.7x32.4 cm; Mallett Gallery, London, UK; eMallett Gallery, London, UK; English, out of copyright

Background imagePaganism Collection: Jupiter (Zeus) - engraving, 19th century

Jupiter (Zeus) - engraving, 19th century
GIA4816314 Jupiter (Zeus) - engraving, 19th century by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, Milan, Lombardy, Italy; (add.info.: Jupiter (Zeus) - engraving

Background imagePaganism Collection: Narcissus, c. 1597-99 (oil on canvas)

Narcissus, c. 1597-99 (oil on canvas)
LRI4620648 Narcissus, c.1597-99 (oil on canvas) by Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da (1571-1610); 110x92 cm; Palazzo Barberini, Gallerie Nazionali Barberini Corsini, Rome



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"Paganism: Exploring the Mystical World of Ancient Beliefs" Step into a realm where ancient gods and mythical creatures come alive, as we delve into the captivating world of paganism. This enchanting 150 caption takes you on a journey through time, showcasing remarkable artworks that depict the essence of pagan traditions. The Wicker Man (1973) UK One Sheet poster sets the stage for our exploration, with its eerie depiction of an ancient ritual. As we venture further, The Wild Hunt of Odin (1872) by Peter Nicolai Arbo transports us to Norse mythology, capturing the fierce and majestic hunt led by Odin himself. Intriguingly dark yet mesmerizingly beautiful is The Wicker Man (1973) UK Quad Artwork, which hints at sacrificial practices in pagan rituals. Meanwhile, Lokis Brood from Valhalla: Gods of the Teutons (c. 1905) showcases Arthur Rackham's artistic brilliance in illustrating Norse legends. Freia, The Fair One (1910), an illustration by Arthur Rackham for Richard Wagner's epic opera cycle "The Ring, " brings forth a sense of ethereal beauty intertwined with mythological tales. Continuing this theme is another masterpiece by Rackham - Illustration for The Edda - which captivates viewers with its intricate details and otherworldly charm. Sisyphus' eternal struggle depicted in chromolitho form reminds us of the philosophical aspects present within pagan beliefs. Brunnhilde on Grane Leaping onto Siegfried's Funeral Pyre portrays a dramatic scene from Wagner's "Siegfried" opera and highlights Rackham's ability to capture intense emotions through his artistry. Shifting our focus to history itself, The Growth of Russia in Europe (1300-1796) offers insight into how paganism once thrived across vast territories.