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Statuette of Osiris, Egypt, Late Period (525-332 BCE)
Knob-Handled Patera (Dish)
Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the God Dionysos
Pyxis (Container for Personal Objects)
Bronze mirror, bronze, Europe

Bronze mirror, bronze, Europe

Inscribed, in Latin: Iuno (Juno), Iovei (Jupiter), Hercele (Hercules) Hellenistic

Pair of Protomes Depicting the Forepart of a Griffin
Drachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Hera
Attachments Depicting Busts of Silenoi
Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)
Denarius (Coin) Portraying Pompey the Great
Drachm (Coin) Depicting the Gorgon Medusa
Didrachm (Coin) Depicting the Dioscuri (Castor and Pollux)
Bronze mirror, bronze, Europe
Amphora (Storage Jar)
Belly-Amphora (Storage Jar)
Statuette of a Siren
Staand mannelijk naakt met lier, als Apollo
Double-Spouted Vessel Depicting a Landscape with Coyotes and Cactus
Statuette of an Enthroned Figure
Relief Fragments Depicting a Seated Woman and a Griffin
Roman Statue of Meleager
Relief Fragments Depicting a Winged Woman and Two Deer
Relief of a Falling Warrior
Roman Head of Mars
Statue of the Aphrodite of Knidos
Roman Household Mirror, bronze
Statue of a Seated Woman
Covered Vessel with the Principal Bird and Peccary Heads
Side Panel of a Sarcophagus
Mural Fragment Representing a Ritual of World Renewal
Carved Vessel Depicting a Lord Wearing a Water-Lily Headdress
Pre Columbian Royal Profile
Rattle in the Form of a Mythological Figure
Byzantine Miraculous Draught of Fishes
Vessel of the Dancing Lords
Mesoamerican Pre Columbian Stela
Vishnu, copper alloy, India, Tamil Nadu, India
Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja), India
The Buddha Amitayus Attended by Bodhisattvas
Jibrîl (Gabriel) invites Hazrat Muhammad for his night journey (the Mi'râj).

Jibrîl (Gabriel) invites Hazrat Muhammad for his night journey (the Mi...

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Jamshîd enthroned flanked by an angel and a swordbearer.
Wrathful Eight-armed and Three-faced Goddess Tara Marichi, Leaf from a dispersed Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita Manuscript
Green Tara, Folio from a dispersed Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) Manuscript
Hengist from BL Eg 3028, f. 19

Hengist from BL Eg 3028, f. 19

Drawing of Hengist preparing a bull's hide. Image taken from f. 19 of Roman de Brut, a verse epitome (begins imperfectly) with continuation to Edward III; Destruction de Rome; Fierabras. Written in French.

Albrecht Durer - Crucifixion, from the Small Woodcut Passion

Albrecht Durer - Crucifixion, from the Small Woodcut Passion

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Gates of Purgatory from BL YT 36, f. 84

Gates of Purgatory from BL YT 36, f. 84

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil at the gates of Purgatory, and the Proud carrying heavy stones, in illustration of Canto IX of the Purgatorio. Image taken from f. 84 of Divina Commedia (index Divine C... More

Dante and Virgil from BL YT 36, f. 14

Dante and Virgil from BL YT 36, f. 14

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Virgil being rowed across the river Styx by a demon rower, Phlegyas, and Dante and Virgil at the brazen gates of the city of Dis, in illustration of Canto VIII. Image taken fr... More

Christ the Redeemer from BL YT 36, f. 178

Christ the Redeemer from BL YT 36, f. 178

Detail of a miniature of Dante and Beatrice before Christ the Redeemer. Image taken from f. 178 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Pentecost from BL Add 18196, ff. 87-89, f. 89

Pentecost from BL Add 18196, ff. 87-89, f. 89

Miniature of Pentecost. Image taken from f. 89 of Cuttings from Missals of Innocent X.

Beatrice from BL YT 36, f. 132

Beatrice from BL YT 36, f. 132

Detail of a miniature of Beatrice explaining some scientific theories to Dante, including the appearance of the moon. Image taken from f. 132 of Divina Commedia (index Divine Comedy). Written in Italian.

Silk Panel
Pre Columbian Fragment, Peru
Serra from BL Sloane 3544, f. 43

Serra from BL Sloane 3544, f. 43

Detail of a miniature of a winged sawtail (serra) with a pointed snout, which according to the text sinks ships by piercing them with their snouts, and two men in a boat with their hands clasped in prayer. Imag... More

The cruelty of some religious ceremonies, e.g. self-mutilation, and the ridiculousness of worshipping Venus, Jupiter, Juno, Diana and Apollo in the shape of animals (as criticized by Seneca)
Angel from BL Add 60630, ff. 11 and 12, f. 12

Angel from BL Add 60630, ff. 11 and 12, f. 12

Detail of a monochrome angel. Image taken from f. 12 of Cutting from a Missal. Written in Latin.

Jupiter deprives Lara of her tongue, Naiads, Juturna(?), Juno(?); the cosmos (world) divided in sky (ether and air) and earth (water and land); souls; God at the beginning of the creation: division of sea and earth; creation of birds; creation of fishes; creation of beasts
of the field (background)
Coloured drawings from BL Arundel 117, ff. 143v-144

Coloured drawings from BL Arundel 117, ff. 143v-144

Coloured drawings as part of a longer series, in Martinus Polonus's Chronica. Image taken from ff. 143v-144 of Chronica pontificum et imperatorum, and other prophetic texts, including Joachim of Flora's Vaticin... More

Drawing from BL Sloane 1171, f. 120v

Drawing from BL Sloane 1171, f. 120v

Drawing. Image taken from f. 120v of Collectanea de Lapide Philosophiae. Written in Latin, English, Greek.

Christian cult of martyrs: martyrs in heaven with God the Father and angels; martyrdom of St. John, St. Cyprian of Carthage and St. Apollonia
Europe; women loved by Jupiter standing before him and Ganymedes; Juno points at them accusingly
Juno before Jupiter from BL Burn 257, f. 10v

Juno before Jupiter from BL Burn 257, f. 10v

Miniature of Juno entreating a crowned Jupiter, seated on a raised throne, in the presence of a dog-headed Mercury and courtiers, illustrating verses 248-302 of the first book of Statius's Thebaid. Image taken ... More

Saturn, Jupiter and Juno make the earth fertile
Creation from BL Eg 1894, f. 1

Creation from BL Eg 1894, f. 1

Detail of a miniature in the upper register on the right side, of the Second day of Creation, with God creating the firmament in the midst of the waters. Image taken from f. 1 of Egerton Genesis Picture Book. W... More

The Crucifixion, Martin Schongauer, German

The Crucifixion, Martin Schongauer, German

Martin Schongauer (German, Colmar ca. 1435/50–1491 Breisach)

Baptism of Christ, Martin Schongauer

Baptism of Christ, Martin Schongauer

Martin Schongauer (German, Colmar ca. 1435/50–1491 Breisach)

St. Michael, Martin Schongauer, German

St. Michael, Martin Schongauer, German

Martin Schongauer (German, Colmar ca. 1435/50–1491 Breisach)

Martin Schongauer - Christ Crowned with Thorns, German

Martin Schongauer - Christ Crowned with Thorns, German

Martin Schongauer (German, Colmar ca. 1435/50–1491 Breisach)

Martin Schongauer - The Annunciation: The  Angel Gabriel

Martin Schongauer - The Annunciation: The Angel Gabriel

Martin Schongauer, also known as Martin Schön or Hübsch Martin by his contemporaries, was an Alsatian engraver and painter. He was the most important printmaker north of the Alps before Albrecht Dürer, a younge... More

Martin Schongauer - Saint John on Patmos, German

Martin Schongauer - Saint John on Patmos, German

Martin Schongauer (German, Colmar ca. 1435/50–1491 Breisach)

Juno from BL Harley 4431, f. 123v

Juno from BL Harley 4431, f. 123v

Miniature of Juno, disguised as an old woman, giving poor advice to the young Semele, beloved of Jupiter, in 'L'Épître Othéa'. Image taken from f. 123v of Various works (also known as 'The Book of the Queen'), ... More

Juno from BL Harley 4431, f. 123v

Juno from BL Harley 4431, f. 123v

Detail of a miniature of Juno, disguised as an old woman, giving poor advice to the young Semele, beloved of Jupiter, in 'L'Épître Othéa'. Image taken from f. 123v of Various works (also known as 'The Book of t... More

Head of Xilonen, the Goddess of Young Maize
Martin Schongauer - Peasant Family Going to Market

Martin Schongauer - Peasant Family Going to Market

Martin Schongauer (German, Colmar ca. 1435/50–1491 Breisach)

Silk Panel, Switzerland
Mosaic Disk with a Mythological and Historical Scene
The Visitation from BL Eg 1070, f. 29v

The Visitation from BL Eg 1070, f. 29v

Detail of a full-page miniature of the Visitation. Image taken from f. 29v of Book of Hours, Use of Paris ('The Hours of René d'Anjou'). Written in Latin, calendar and rubrics in French.

Battle with one-eyed giants (cyclops) from BL Royal 20 B XX, f. 79v

Battle with one-eyed giants (cyclops) from BL Royal 20 B XX, f. 79v

Detail of a miniature of Alexander's battle with one-eyed giants (cyclops). Image taken from f. 79v of Historia de proelis in a French translation (Le Livre et le vraye hystoire du bon roy Alixandre)(index Alex... More

Zoroaster from BL YT 28, f. 51

Zoroaster from BL YT 28, f. 51

Detail of a mminiature of Zoroaster with two demons, from Pseudo-Aristotle's Secreta secretorum. Image taken from f. 51 of Secreta secretorum (ff. 1-43); Il Tesoro (translation of Li Livres dou Tresor) (ff. 43v... More

Nativity in an Initial H
Saint George and the Dragon
Edmund's head from BL Harley 2278, f. 66

Edmund's head from BL Harley 2278, f. 66

Detail of a miniature of Edmund's head calling out "Here! Here! Here!" all day long until the men searching for it found it hidden in a thicket, being guarded from predatory animals by a wolf. Image taken from ... More

St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness
Ritual Impersonator of the Deity Xipe Totec
Silk Orphrey Panel (Depicting the Nativity)
Andrea Mantegna - Bacchanal with a wine vat.
Martin Schongauer - Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons

Martin Schongauer - Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons

Martin Schongauer, also known as Martin Schön or Hübsch Martin by his contemporaries, was an Alsatian engraver and painter. He was the most important printmaker north of the Alps before Albrecht Dürer, a younge... More

Martin Schongauer - Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons

Martin Schongauer - Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons

Martin Schongauer, also known as Martin Schön or Hübsch Martin by his contemporaries, was an Alsatian engraver and painter. He was the most important printmaker north of the Alps before Albrecht Dürer, a younge... More

Andrea Mantegna - Battle of the sea gods
Death on horseback from BL YT 6, f. 137

Death on horseback from BL YT 6, f. 137

Detail of a miniature of Death riding a skeletal horse, at the beginning of Matins in the Hours of Dead. Image taken from f. 137 of Book of Hours, Use of Rome. Written in Latin.

Hercules, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.
Nemesis (the Great Fortune)., Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.
David en Bathseba - miniature, medieval manuscript

David en Bathseba - miniature, medieval manuscript

Wandtapijt met David die een bode naar Bathseba stuurt. Onder bogen van banderolles staan, in een landschap, drie figuren. Links koning David, hij zegt: HEIS BERSABIE KOMEN ZU MIR GUT BOTSCHAFFT UN (IM?) VRYES ... More

Albrecht Durer - Hercules Conquering the Molionide Twins
Studies for a Costume
Albrecht Dürer - Samson fighting with the lion.
The Lady on Horseback and the Lansquenet
Christ on the Mount of Olives, from The Large Passion

Christ on the Mount of Olives, from The Large Passion

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Lady on Horseback and the Lansquenet
The Promenade, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

The Promenade, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Marco Dente - Sater en ram in gevecht

Marco Dente - Sater en ram in gevecht

Een sater en een ram in gevecht. Op de achtergrond links een grafmonument en rechts een gebouw.

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