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Virtue Collection

"Virtue: A Timeless Quest for Moral Excellence" In the realm of chivalry, three noble knights embarked on a sacred mission

Background imageVirtue Collection: The Attainment; The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival

The Attainment; The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival
BIR68247 The Attainment; The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival, from the series The Quest for the Holy Grail, 1895-96 (wool, silk)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Cincinnatus called from the plough

Cincinnatus called from the plough
Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (519 BC-438 BC) is called from the plough to serve as Roman Consul

Background imageVirtue Collection: The Annunciation, before 1652 (oil on canvas)

The Annunciation, before 1652 (oil on canvas)
XIR158293 The Annunciation, before 1652 (oil on canvas) by Le Sueur, Eustache (1617-55); 297x227 cm; Louvre, Paris, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageVirtue Collection: White men bringing cleanliness to native cultures, 1890s

White men bringing cleanliness to native cultures, 1890s
" White mans burden" is to teach cleanliness, described in a Pears Soap ad, 1890s. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageVirtue Collection: Hercules at the Crossroads, c. 1596 (oil on canvas)

Hercules at the Crossroads, c. 1596 (oil on canvas)
BEN112980 Hercules at the Crossroads, c.1596 (oil on canvas) by Carracci, Annibale (1560-1609); 167x237 cm; Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, Campania, Italy; Photo eRaffaello Bencini; Italian

Background imageVirtue Collection: The Genius of Poetry Finding Burns at the Plough, 1840. Artist: John Rogers

The Genius of Poetry Finding Burns at the Plough, 1840. Artist: John Rogers
The Genius of Poetry Finding Burns at the Plough, 1840. Robert Burns, Scottish poet. Burns (1759-1796) was a pioneer of the Romantic movement

Background imageVirtue Collection: Allegory of Chastity, c. 1330 (fresco)

Allegory of Chastity, c. 1330 (fresco)
741526 Allegory of Chastity, c.1330 (fresco) by Giotto (Giotto di Bondone) (c.1266-1337); San Francesco, Lower Church, Assisi

Background imageVirtue Collection: Danejohn Hill, Canterbury, Kent, 1829. Creator: James Baylis Allen

Danejohn Hill, Canterbury, Kent, 1829. Creator: James Baylis Allen
Danejohn Hill, Canterbury, Kent, 1829. The Dane John Mound, a former Roman cemetery, was converted into a motte-and-bailey castle in the 11th century

Background imageVirtue Collection: The Parable of the Talents, c. 1884 (Oil on canvas)

The Parable of the Talents, c. 1884 (Oil on canvas)
7212780 The Parable of the Talents, c.1884 (Oil on canvas) by Rich, William George (1857-after 1901); The Ms Gallery, London, UK; (add.info.: Rich)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Charity (engraving)

Charity (engraving)
778191 Charity (engraving) by Reynolds, Joshua (1723-92) (after); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College, Oxford; (add.info)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Lorenzo de Medici and Apollo welcome the muses and virtues to Florence (fresco)

Lorenzo de Medici and Apollo welcome the muses and virtues to Florence (fresco)
XOT362318 Lorenzo de Medici and Apollo welcome the muses and virtues to Florence (fresco) by Cecco Bravo (Francesco Montelatici) (1607-1661); Palazzo Pitti, Florence

Background imageVirtue Collection: The Fruits of Temperance, The Progress of Intemperance, and Womans Holy War

The Fruits of Temperance, The Progress of Intemperance, and Womans Holy War
BAL32916 The Fruits of Temperance, The Progress of Intemperance, and Womans Holy War by Currier, N. (1813-88) and Ives, J.M

Background imageVirtue Collection: The Triumph of the Catholic Doctrine, detail of Practical Theology and Boethius, Hope and St

The Triumph of the Catholic Doctrine, detail of Practical Theology and Boethius, Hope and St
XIR205494 The Triumph of the Catholic Doctrine, detail of Practical Theology and Boethius, Hope and St. John Damascene, Faith and St. Denys the Areopagite, Charity and St

Background imageVirtue Collection: Statue of Virtue

Statue of Virtue, Arete, on the facade of the Roman Library of Celsus dating from between 110 and 135 AD, at the archaeological site of Ephesus, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageVirtue Collection: Unicorn & Reptiles

Unicorn & Reptiles
A unicorn, with assorted reptiles, and a Latin motto: " Not with might, but with virtue"

Background imageVirtue Collection: Epicurus / Virtus Mihi

Epicurus / Virtus Mihi
EPICURUS Greek philosopher: the Latin inscription reads " Virtue is my only pleasure"

Background imageVirtue Collection: Portrait of a Lady spinning, 1531. Creator: Maerten van Heemskerck

Portrait of a Lady spinning, 1531. Creator: Maerten van Heemskerck
Portrait of a Lady spinning, 1531

Background imageVirtue Collection: Wing of a Diptych with the Souls of the Just and a Donor, 1520. Creator: Jan Mostaert

Wing of a Diptych with the Souls of the Just and a Donor, 1520. Creator: Jan Mostaert
Wing of a Diptych with the Souls of the Just and a Donor, 1520

Background imageVirtue Collection: Hercules, c.1498. Creator: Albrecht Durer

Hercules, c.1498. Creator: Albrecht Durer
Hercules, c.1498

Background imageVirtue Collection: Scene from Francesco da Barberino's Documenti d'Amore (colour litho)

Scene from Francesco da Barberino's Documenti d'Amore (colour litho)
8626256 Scene from Francesco da Barberino's Documenti d'Amore (colour litho) by Italian School, (14th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Palace of Hope)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Plaque showing the choice of Hercules between Virtue and Vice. Chromolithograph drawn by Grivell

Plaque showing the choice of Hercules between Virtue and Vice. Chromolithograph drawn by Grivell
FLO4689057 Plaque showing the choice of Hercules between Virtue and Vice. Chromolithograph drawn by Grivell and lithographed by Parrot et Co

Background imageVirtue Collection: Representation of the fight of the human soul against vices: the allegorical fight of sobriety

Representation of the fight of the human soul against vices: the allegorical fight of sobriety against lust
AIS5360414 Representation of the fight of the human soul against vices: the allegorical fight of sobriety against lust, miniature taken from "Psychomachia

Background imageVirtue Collection: The first job (low relief)

The first job (low relief)
BEN5473535 The first job (low relief) by Pisano, Andrea (1270-1349); Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), Florence, Tuscany, Italy; (add.info.: The first job)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Statue of Pudicitia, goddess of modesty, in veiled robes. In the Belvedere Courtyard in the Vatican

Statue of Pudicitia, goddess of modesty, in veiled robes. In the Belvedere Courtyard in the Vatican
FLO4997319 Statue of Pudicitia, goddess of modesty, in veiled robes. In the Belvedere Courtyard in the Vatican. Copperplate engraving after an illustration by L

Background imageVirtue Collection: The book of the courtier of Baldassare Castiglione, first Spanish translation of Juan Boscan y

The book of the courtier of Baldassare Castiglione, first Spanish translation of Juan Boscan y Almogaver
CUL4868744 The book of the courtier of Baldassare Castiglione, first Spanish translation of Juan Boscan y Almogaver, in 1534 - BOSCAN Y ALMOGAVER, Juan (1495-1542)

Background imageVirtue Collection: View of the western facade, central bay has four vaults, first vessure, calendar of the year

View of the western facade, central bay has four vaults, first vessure, calendar of the year, second vessure
JEB4943074 View of the western facade, central bay has four vaults, first vessure, calendar of the year, second vessure, christ accompanies madly virgins and wise virgins

Background imageVirtue Collection: Scenes of Divine Justice and Judgment of Solomon, c.1560-70 (silk and wool)

Scenes of Divine Justice and Judgment of Solomon, c.1560-70 (silk and wool)
CUL4903959 Scenes of Divine Justice and Judgment of Solomon, c.1560-70 (silk and wool); 330x450 cm; (add.info.: The Seven Virtues)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Redemption of Man or Vices and Virtues, c.1510 (tapestry)

Redemption of Man or Vices and Virtues, c.1510 (tapestry)
CUL4903696 Redemption of Man or Vices and Virtues, c.1510 (tapestry); 420x798 cm; Burgos Cathedral, Burgos, Spain; (add.info.: Crucifixion and Virtues win the battle to Vices. ca. 1510)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Two ladies talking in a parlor watching a woman paint in oils

Two ladies talking in a parlor watching a woman paint in oils. She says, How many more virtues and talents
FLO4691378 Two ladies talking in a parlor watching a woman paint in oils. She says, How many more virtues and talents... She thinks, To remain a woman

Background imageVirtue Collection: Saint Benedict of Nursia (Benedetto di Norcia) (480-547) founder of the Benedictine Order

Saint Benedict of Nursia (Benedetto di Norcia) (480-547) founder of the Benedictine Order
NWI4940582 Saint Benedict of Nursia (Benedetto di Norcia) (480-547) founder of the Benedictine Order. He has a finger in front of his mouth to symbolize silence

Background imageVirtue Collection: 'Silence is the life of love', 1678 (engraving)

"Silence is the life of love", 1678 (engraving)
7422873 "Silence is the life of love", 1678 (engraving); (add.info.: Religion. Morality. "Silence is the life of love." Angel laud silence)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Romanesque art: marquee representing the Virtue: hope. Musee du Farinier, Cluny (Saone and Loire)

Romanesque art: marquee representing the Virtue: hope. Musee du Farinier, Cluny (Saone and Loire)
JEB4961413 Romanesque art: marquee representing the Virtue: hope. Musee du Farinier, Cluny (Saone and Loire); Musee du Farinier, Ancienne Abbaye, Cluny

Background imageVirtue Collection: Redemption of Man or Vices and Virtues, c.1510 (tapestry)

Redemption of Man or Vices and Virtues, c.1510 (tapestry)
CUL4903750 Redemption of Man or Vices and Virtues, c.1510 (tapestry); 420x798 cm; Burgos Cathedral, Burgos, Spain; (add.info.: Crucifixion and Virtues win the battle to Vices. ca. 1510. (c)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Redemption of Man or Vices and Virtues, c.1510 (tapestry)

Redemption of Man or Vices and Virtues, c.1510 (tapestry)
CUL4903655 Redemption of Man or Vices and Virtues, c.1510 (tapestry); 420x798 cm; Burgos Cathedral, Burgos, Spain; (add.info.: Crucifixion and Virtues win the battle to Vices. ca. 1510)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Stage premiere of a variant of the Faust legend les sept chateaux du diable the seven castles of

Stage premiere of a variant of the Faust legend les sept chateaux du diable the seven castles of the devil, 1896
3480828 Stage premiere of a variant of the Faust legend les sept chateaux du diable the seven castles of the devil, 1896; (add.info)

Background imageVirtue Collection: The Way to Victory (colour litho)

The Way to Victory (colour litho)
8663328 The Way to Victory (colour litho) by Hudson, Gwynedd M. (1882-1932); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Way to Victory. Work is one of the best blessings of this World)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Scenes of Divine Justice and Judgment of Solomon, c.1560-70 (silk and wool)

Scenes of Divine Justice and Judgment of Solomon, c.1560-70 (silk and wool)
CUL4904030 Scenes of Divine Justice and Judgment of Solomon, c.1560-70 (silk and wool); 330x450 cm; (add.info.: The Seven Virtues)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Scenes of Divine Justice and Judgment of Solomon, c.1560-70 (silk and wool)

Scenes of Divine Justice and Judgment of Solomon, c.1560-70 (silk and wool)
CUL4903996 Scenes of Divine Justice and Judgment of Solomon, c.1560-70 (silk and wool); 330x450 cm; (add.info.: The Seven Virtues)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Redemption of Man or Vices and Virtues, c.1510 (tapestry)

Redemption of Man or Vices and Virtues, c.1510 (tapestry)
CUL4903715 Redemption of Man or Vices and Virtues, c.1510 (tapestry); 420x798 cm; Burgos Cathedral, Burgos, Spain; (add.info.: Crucifixion and Virtues win the battle to Vices. ca. 1510. (c)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Illuminated page depicting the Flowers of Virtue'. Dated 18th Century

Illuminated page depicting the Flowers of Virtue'. Dated 18th Century
3507365 Illuminated page depicting the Flowers of Virtue'. Dated 18th Century.; Universal History Archive

Background imageVirtue Collection: The Bible and temperance, 1848

The Bible and temperance, 1848
1574867 The Bible and temperance, 1848; (add.info.: The Bible and temperance. A mechanic's friend gains a sum of money and persuades him to come out with him)

Background imageVirtue Collection: The Excellent Woman (colour litho)

The Excellent Woman (colour litho)
8663327 The Excellent Woman (colour litho) by Hudson, Gwynedd M. (1882-1932); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Excellent Woman. She reacheth forth her hands to the needy)

Background imageVirtue Collection: There was a Young Person of Kew, whose virtues and vices were few (coloured engraving)

There was a Young Person of Kew, whose virtues and vices were few (coloured engraving)
8634387 There was a Young Person of Kew, whose virtues and vices were few (coloured engraving) by Lear, Edward (1812-88) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: There was a Young Person of Kew)

Background imageVirtue Collection: The female student (engraving)

The female student (engraving)
8634843 The female student (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The female student)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Spain (1814-1833) : 'El gobierno paternal de nuestro muy amado rey Fernando VII' (engraving)

Spain (1814-1833) : "El gobierno paternal de nuestro muy amado rey Fernando VII" (engraving)
AIS5335203 Spain (1814-1833) : "El gobierno paternal de nuestro muy amado rey Fernando VII" (engraving); Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid

Background imageVirtue Collection: Fear nothing Your Majesty, with Metternich you don't get the wrong way The blindfolded Emperor

Fear nothing Your Majesty, with Metternich you don't get the wrong way The blindfolded Emperor Ferdinand I of
BEN5479490 Fear nothing Your Majesty, with Metternich you don't get the wrong way The blindfolded Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria (1793-1875) is guided by the Prince of Metternich (1773-1859)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Genevieve of Brabant, c.1850 (print)

Genevieve of Brabant, c.1850 (print)
7293355 Genevieve of Brabant, c.1850 (print); (add.info.: History. France. Genevieve of Brabant, heroine of medieval legend. Genevieve in the forest with her child and the deer)

Background imageVirtue Collection: Russian, Lubock with image of a tree. 19th century (print)

Russian, Lubock with image of a tree. 19th century (print)
5669532 Russian, Lubock with image of a tree. 19th century (print); (add.info.: 19th century, Russian, Lubock with image of a tree)



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"Virtue: A Timeless Quest for Moral Excellence" In the realm of chivalry, three noble knights embarked on a sacred mission. "The Attainment; The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival" depicts their unwavering dedication to virtue as they sought the ultimate symbol of purity. Across time and space, even Cincinnatus was called from his plough to exemplify virtuous leadership. His selflessness in leaving behind his humble farm reminds us that true virtue knows no boundaries. "The Annunciation" captures a moment when Mary's virtuous nature shone through her acceptance of divine destiny. Her humility and faith continue to inspire generations. Through "The Parable of the Talents, " we learn that virtue lies not only in our abilities but also in how we utilize them for the greater good. This timeless lesson urges us to cultivate our talents with purpose and integrity. "Hercules at the Crossroads" portrays a pivotal moment where Hercules faced temptation but chose moral rectitude instead. It serves as a reminder that true virtue requires strength and resilience against life's trials. From Danejohn Hill in Canterbury, Kent, James Baylis Allen immortalized an idyllic landscape where one can find solace amidst nature's beauty—a place where they can flourish undisturbed. John Rogers' masterpiece "The Genius of Poetry Finding Burns at the Plough" celebrates Robert Burns' ability to channel his creativity while laboring humbly. It teaches us that virtue is not confined by occupation or social status—it resides within each individual waiting to be discovered. Engraved within our hearts is Charity—the embodiment of selflessness and compassion towards others. Its depiction reminds us that acts driven by love are among the highest forms humanity can achieve. Lorenzo de Medici's fresco welcomes muses and virtues into Florence—an ode to their transformative power.