Author: Bridgeman Team

HGM81110 Vanitas, 1628 by Heda, Willem Claesz. (1594-1680); 45.5x69.5 cm; Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands; Dutch,  out of copyright
Art, History

Vanitas – symbols of death & decadence

Looking back at the ‘Memento Mori’ painting tradition, Vanitas is a macabre genre of symbolic still-life that prospered in the Netherlands in the early 17th century reminding the viewer of their mortality.  The word ‘vanitas’ is Latin for vanity, or ’emptiness’, and signifies the meaningless of earthly life. The purpose of Vanitas’ […]

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Art, History

What the Dickens?

Illustrator Joseph Clayton Clarke ‘Kyd’ brings many of Charles Dickens’ iconic characters to life  Mr. Micawber ‘David Copperfield’ is the eighth serialised novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1850. Many elements within the novel follow events in Dickens’ own life, and it is probably the most autobiographical of all of his […]

Art, Culture, History

WWI in colour

Discover rare and vibrant colour autochromes, documenting the soldiers and battles during First World War. Impressionist visions of war Who would have thought there were original colour photos of World War One? The French army regularly used autochromes and Paget colour plates to document their experiences.Catch a rare glimpse of […]

BAL161739 The Last Supper, 1495-97 (fresco) (post restoration) by Vinci, Leonardo da (1452-1519); 460x880 cm; Santa Maria della Grazie, Milan, Italy; (add.info.: detail of 227198;); Italian,  out of copyright
Art

Da Vinci: Fact or Fiction?

We’ve assembled our Top Ten Favourite Fascinating Facts about the man behind the Mona Lisa’s smile. Can you identify which of these ‘facts’ might be fiction… 1.)    As well as being an accomplished artist, Leonardo can also be described as an architect, engineer, mathematician and philosopher. Leonardo left fewer […]