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Sacrifice Collection

"Sacrifice: A Testament of Courage and Devotion" In the depths of history, it has been a resounding theme that echoes through time

Background imageSacrifice Collection: The Great Sacrifice by James Clark, WW1

The Great Sacrifice by James Clark, WW1
The Great Sacrifice by James Clark, originally published in the 1914 Christmas number of The Graphic. Depicting a dead soldier on a battlefield with an ethereal image of Christ on the cross shining

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Propaganda poster: prime ministers statement

Propaganda poster: prime ministers statement
Second world war propaganda poster. Above a photograph of five brave airmen is a quotation from the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill: Never was so much owed by so many to so few

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Moloch

Moloch
MOLOCH the Phoenician deity to whom live children were sacrificed by fire Date: 7th century BC

Background imageSacrifice Collection: King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti making a Sacrifice

King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti making a Sacrifice
Illustration showing the ancient Egyptian rulers King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti making an offering to the sun. This illustration was made from a carving found in the tomb of Ay, El Amarna

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Americans Land D-Day

Americans Land D-Day
American troops under enemy fire wading through the sea to land on the beaches of Normandy, France

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Two Nude Men Standing, one holding a lamb (ink on paper)

Two Nude Men Standing, one holding a lamb (ink on paper)
XIR905601 Two Nude Men Standing, one holding a lamb (ink on paper) by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio of Urbino) (1483-1520); Musee Bonnat, Bayonne, France; (add.info.: Deux hommes nus debout)

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Passover ritual as begun in ancient Egypt

Passover ritual as begun in ancient Egypt
Jewish family marking their home with lambs blood for the first Passover. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Agnus Dei, c. 1635-40 (oil on canvas)

Agnus Dei, c. 1635-40 (oil on canvas)
XIR154905 Agnus Dei, c.1635-40 (oil on canvas) by Zurbaran, Francisco de (1598-1664); Prado, Madrid, Spain; Spanish, out of copyright

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Depiction of Abraham sacrificing Isaac, Gate of Paradise door of the Baptistry of San

Depiction of Abraham sacrificing Isaac, Gate of Paradise door of the Baptistry of San Giovanni, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Florence, Tuscany, Italy, Europe

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Customs / Sacrifice / Human

Customs / Sacrifice / Human
AZTECS OF MEXICO Priests of Tenochtitlan sacrifice victims to the god Huitzilopochtli

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Druids Sacrifice Child

Druids Sacrifice Child
A child is sacrificed to the Druid deity

Background imageSacrifice Collection: The Man of Sorrows, 1430 (oil on panel)

The Man of Sorrows, 1430 (oil on panel)
LAF470816 The Man of Sorrows, 1430 (oil on panel) by Campin, Robert (c.1378-1444); 36x28 cm; Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Belgium; © Art in Flanders

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Marcus Curtius, from the series The Roman Heroes, 1586. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius

Marcus Curtius, from the series The Roman Heroes, 1586. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius
Marcus Curtius, from the series The Roman Heroes, 1586

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Le Coup de Lance, 1620. Artist: Peter Paul Rubens

Le Coup de Lance, 1620. Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
Le Coup de Lance, 1620. At the Crucifixion the soldier pierces Christs side to make sure he is dead. At bottom right, the Virgin Mary and St John the Apostle turn aside in despair

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Sacrifice of Abel and Melchizedek (538-545 AD). Basilica of

Sacrifice of Abel and Melchizedek (538-545 AD). Basilica of
Scene of Abrahams life. Abel and Melchizedek bringing their offerings to the altar (538-545 AD). Basilica of St. Vitale. Presbytery. South wall. Rabenna. Italy

Background imageSacrifice Collection: MEXICO: AZTEC SACRIFICE. Aztecs offering human sacrifices to the sun-god

MEXICO: AZTEC SACRIFICE. Aztecs offering human sacrifices to the sun-god. Aztecs performing ritual sacrifice on a stone inscribed with the Aztec account of their history. Drawing, late 19th century

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Vengeance of Poseidon

Vengeance of Poseidon
When Laomedon doesn t settle his bill for helping to build Troy, Poseidon devastates the city with a flood, and forces Laomedon to sacrifice his daughter to a sea monster

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Druids (ancient Priests) collect mistletoe

Druids (ancient Priests) collect mistletoe
The Druids were highly respected by the Britons because of their wisdom and used to collect mistletoe to give to people on feast days

Background imageSacrifice Collection: The Last Supper

The Last Supper
Antique illustration of The Last Supper Engraving

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Illustration to John Keats poem Endymion, engraved by F. Joubert, 1872

Illustration to John Keats poem Endymion, engraved by F. Joubert, 1872
XJF477744 Illustration to John Keats poem Endymion, engraved by F. Joubert, 1872 (engraving) by Poynter, Edward John (1836-1919) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSacrifice Collection: WITCHES: WALPURGIS NIGHT. Walpurgis night on the Blocksberg, Germany. Woodcut, Leipzig

WITCHES: WALPURGIS NIGHT. Walpurgis night on the Blocksberg, Germany. Woodcut, Leipzig, 1669

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Christ Displaying His Wounds, 1615-20 (oil on canvas)

Christ Displaying His Wounds, 1615-20 (oil on canvas)
7333494 Christ Displaying His Wounds, 1615-20 (oil on canvas) by Galli, Giovanni Antonio (Lo Spadarino) (1585-1651/3); 148.7x114 (framed) cm; Perth Museum & Art Gallery

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Christ the Comforter: Jesus consoling a grieving British war widow (colour litho)

Christ the Comforter: Jesus consoling a grieving British war widow (colour litho)
7172504 Christ the Comforter: Jesus consoling a grieving British war widow (colour litho) by Copping, Harold (1863-1932); Private Collection; (add.info.: Christ the Comforter)

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele Ridge, Belgium, World War I, c1918-1919

Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele Ridge, Belgium, World War I, c1918-1919. Artist: Realistic Travels Publishers
Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele Ridge, Belgium, World War I, c1918-1919. The cemetery stands on the spot Where 20, 000 British soldiers fell attacking German positions during the Battle of

Background imageSacrifice Collection: The Pelican, cartoon for stained glass for the William Morris Company, 1880 (coloured

The Pelican, cartoon for stained glass for the William Morris Company, 1880 (coloured
XCF869991 The Pelican, cartoon for stained glass for the William Morris Company, 1880 (coloured chalk on paper) by Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (1833-98); William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow

Background imageSacrifice Collection: SACRIFICE BY CANaNITES. Offering Sacrifice Under Trees. Wood engraving, late 19th century

SACRIFICE BY CANaNITES. Offering Sacrifice Under Trees. Wood engraving, late 19th century

Background imageSacrifice Collection: The Haunted Lady, Punch

The Haunted Lady, Punch
The Haunted Lady, or The Ghost in the Looking-Glass. A lady admires her new dress, but the mirror reveals the sacrifice made: the death of the wretched seamstress

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Secular Games held in Rome

Secular Games held in Rome
The Secular Games (Ludi Saeculares) are held in Rome to commemorate a 100-year span of Roman history. Despite their name, the Games were a religious celebration involving sacrifices

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Andromeda, 1869 (oil on canvas)

Andromeda, 1869 (oil on canvas)
989658 Andromeda, 1869 (oil on canvas) by Dore, Gustave (1832-83); 255.2x171.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Andromeda. Gustave Dore (1832-1883). Oil on canvas. Signed and dated 1869

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Page from the Book of the Dead of Hunefer, from Thebes, Egypt, 19th Dynasty, c1300 BC

Page from the Book of the Dead of Hunefer, from Thebes, Egypt, 19th Dynasty, c1300 BC. The mummy of Hunefer is shown supported by the god or a priest (wearing a jackal mask)

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Iphigenia in Tauris

Iphigenia in Tauris
Rescued by Artemis from sacrifice at Aulis, she becomes a priestess on Tauris, but her experience has given her a distaste for human sacrifice and she is unhappy

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Blind Italian soldier - WWI

Blind Italian soldier - WWI
Italian soldiers blinded during World War One - a poem explaining their fate. Date: circa 1918

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Ancient Italian Anphora

Ancient Italian Anphora
An Amphora of Cervetri representing a sacrifice. Cervetri is an ancient stronghold of Etruvia

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Iphigenia Not Sacrificed

Iphigenia Not Sacrificed
Agamemnon is about to sacrifice his daughter so the Greek fleet can get under way to Troy, but Diana substitutes a deer at the last minute, and spirits her off to Tauris

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Africa, Benin, Savalou. Sacrificing a goat to the Dankoli voodoo fetish

Africa, Benin, Savalou. Sacrificing a goat to the Dankoli voodoo fetish

Background imageSacrifice Collection: 7336417

7336417

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Roman Lucrezia (Lucrezia romana), by Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola known as il Parmigianino, 1540

Roman Lucrezia (Lucrezia romana), by Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola known as il Parmigianino, 1540
3612684 Roman Lucrezia (Lucrezia romana), by Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola known as il Parmigianino, 1540, 16th Century (oil on board)

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Crucifix (Crocifisso), by Florentine artist, 1350 - 1400, 14th Century, tempera on board

Crucifix (Crocifisso), by Florentine artist, 1350 - 1400, 14th Century, tempera on board, 480 x 420 cm
851793 Crucifix (Crocifisso), by Florentine artist, 1350 - 1400, 14th Century, tempera on board, 480 x 420 cm by Florentine School, (14th century); 480x420 cm; Museo e Galleria Mozzi Bardini

Background imageSacrifice Collection: 7336451

7336451

Background imageSacrifice Collection: 8966919

8966919

Background imageSacrifice Collection: The Sacrifice of Polyxena, unknown date, (c1730s). Creator: Workshop of Giovanni Battista Pittoni

The Sacrifice of Polyxena, unknown date, (c1730s). Creator: Workshop of Giovanni Battista Pittoni
The Sacrifice of Polyxena, unknown date, (c1730s). Polyxena, with whom Achilles fell in love, was the younger daughter of Priam and Hecuba, the king and queen of Troy

Background imageSacrifice Collection: The Sacrifice of Isaac, 1715. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

The Sacrifice of Isaac, 1715. Creator: Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
The Sacrifice of Isaac, 1715

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Jason and Medeain the temple of Jupiter, 1745. Creator: Jean Francois de Troy

Jason and Medeain the temple of Jupiter, 1745. Creator: Jean Francois de Troy
Jason and Medeain the temple of Jupiter, 1745

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Portrait of a Lady as a Vestal Virgin, c1780s. Creator: Angelica Kauffman

Portrait of a Lady as a Vestal Virgin, c1780s. Creator: Angelica Kauffman
Portrait of a Lady as a Vestal Virgin, c1780s

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Christ with the Cross, 1587. Creator: El Greco

Christ with the Cross, 1587. Creator: El Greco
Christ with the Cross, 1587

Background imageSacrifice Collection: A scene of witchcraft. Plate 4 from: Scherzi di Fantasia (Sktches of Fantasy), 1743-50

A scene of witchcraft. Plate 4 from: Scherzi di Fantasia (Sktches of Fantasy), 1743-50. The aged, central bearded figure, almost certainly a magician from his appearance

Background imageSacrifice Collection: The sacrifice to Priapus, 1891 (engraving)

The sacrifice to Priapus, 1891 (engraving)
8766903 The sacrifice to Priapus, 1891 (engraving) by Barbari, Jacopo de (1440/50-a.1515); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSacrifice Collection: Abel making a sacrifice to God (colour litho)

Abel making a sacrifice to God (colour litho)
5198046 Abel making a sacrifice to God (colour litho) by Pinchon, Joseph Porphyre (1871-1953); Private Collection; (add.info.: Abel making a sacrifice to God)



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"Sacrifice: A Testament of Courage and Devotion" In the depths of history, it has been a resounding theme that echoes through time. From James Clark's poignant painting "The Great Sacrifice, " depicting the harrowing reality of World War 1, to the ancient rituals observed by King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti in Egypt, it has always held immense significance. Propaganda posters during wartime, like Moloch's powerful statement or the Prime Minister's proclamation, aimed to rally nations together in times of turmoil. These visual reminders showcased the sacrifices made by countless individuals for a greater cause. One cannot forget D-Day when Americans landed on foreign shores with unwavering determination. Their selfless acts exemplified sacrifice as they fought valiantly for freedom and justice. Artistic expressions also captured this profound concept. The ink-on-paper portrayal of two nude men standing, one holding a lamb symbolizes sacrifice's vulnerability and innocence intertwined. Similarly, Agnus Dei's oil on canvas masterpiece from c. 1635-40 evokes deep emotions through its depiction of sacrificial lambs. Religious narratives have long embraced sacrifice as well; Abraham sacrificing Isaac at the Gate of Paradise door reminds us that even revered figures faced agonizing choices for their beliefs. Passover rituals originating in ancient Egypt signify liberation achieved through ultimate sacrifices. Human customs throughout ages have demanded personal sacrifices too - Marcus Curtius' heroic act depicted by Hendrik Goltzius showcases an individual willingly giving up his life for Rome's preservation. Peter Paul Rubens' "Le Coup de Lance" further illustrates humanity’s capacity to make great sacrifices for honor and duty. Sacrifice stands as an eternal testament to courage and devotion across cultures and eras alike, and is a reminder that sometimes we must relinquish our own desires or comforts for something greater than ourselves – be it love, freedom, faith or societal progress.