Author: Bridgeman Team

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Art, Culture, History

The Psychology of Performing Arts

Shakespeare, Marlowe, Racine, Moliere, Chekhov… famous playwrights  whose plays are still performed today and reinterpreted by directors and actors around the world. They were key in transforming many aspects of everything we know as theatre and drama. In the 20th century there continue to be notable practitioners who have invented new methods for actors to use […]

EVB2954971 HOLLYWOODLAND SIGN, 1930's, original sign in the Hollywood Hills, CA; (add.info.: HOLLYWOODLAND SIGN, 1930's, original sign in the Hollywood Hills, CA); Photo © Everett Collection; CANNOT BE LICENSED IN US, JAPAN OR SWEDEN;  out of copyright
Culture, History

The Golden Age of Hollywood(land)

Hollywood, which represented not just a city, but also an industry, a lifestyle and, increasingly, an aspiration, was officially crowned when the “Hollywoodland” sign was erected in July 1923. The idea for the iconic sign originally came from H.J. Whitley, a real estate magnate, as an outdoor advertising campaign for a […]

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Art, Culture, History

The Brian Trenerry Archive

The delightful, nostalgia-inducing Brian Trennery collection is a treasure trove of fleeting everyday moments from the 20s through to the 60s. Rare and unique home movies and documentary footage, from the UK and Europe, are offered up online exclusively through Bridgeman Footage. Heigh-ho, heigh-ho   Fishermen catch salmon and row […]

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Culture

The Cult of the Football Stadium

The number of ambitious, cutting-edge football stadia has increased exponentially in the past few decades. But when all evidence strongly suggests bankruptcy, why is there still so much investment?   “The football stadium has always been the place of the game, of violence, of community, of mass cheering and of […]

SJS4488 A Rake's Progress III: The Rake at the Rose-Tavern by Hogarth, William (1697-1764); 62.2x75 cm; Courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soane's Museum, London; (add.info.: portraits of Roman Emperors defaced except Nero;); English,  out of copyright
Art, Culture, History

Hogarth: A Rake’s Progress

Sex, Booze and Debauchery in 18th-Century London William Hogarth (1697-1764) grew up in the less than salubrious streets around Smithfield meat market in London.  The British artist knew the underbelly of the metropolis from an early age and created a series of paintings satirising contemporary customs. A Rake’s Progress (1733) tells the story […]

Culture, History

Madcap Inventions

Here are some of history’s most weird and wonderful inventions captured by photographers, film-makers and illustrators in the Bridgeman archive   1. The Land Ship Dr Wilkins, Bishop of Chester was an advocate of the new ‘experimental’ approach to science and one of the founders of the Royal Society. In […]

XYC308303 Baronet, 1794 (etching) by Stubbs, George (1724-1806); 39x50 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA; English,  out of copyright
Art, Culture

Giddy Up! The Horse in Art

The horse in Anglo-Saxon mythology is an extremely significant symbol. ‘Horsa’ – from which we derive the modern word ‘horse’ – was the semi-mythological leader of the Anglo-Saxons who landed near Ebbsfleet, on the Isle of Thanet in the 6th century and so the white horse became the symbol of […]

XOT330951 Northern Europe, from an Atlas of the World in 33 maps, Venice, 1st September 1553 (ink on vellum) (see also 330952) by Agnese, Battista (1514-64); 29x49 cm; Museo Correr, Venice, Italy; Italian,  out of copyright
Art, History

The Art of Mapping

Take a closer look at the wonderful world of maps through history. More than simply a topological survey of a country or continent, historical maps are as diverse as the lands they depict. From hunting dogs to sea monsters and cherubs blowing the winds across the ocean, their creativity makes […]