Tag: 18th century

As September is fast approaching and the prospect of returning to school or university looms, the groans of students of all ages can be heard far and wide. This inspired to look through the Bridgeman archives at education through the ages. Here are some of our favourite finds. 800BC-146BC: Ancient Greece  Interestingly, music was the only subject taught to both girls and boys in ancient…

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Captain James Cook, the British explorer and cartographer, is the subject of the forthcoming exhibition James Cook: the Voyages which begins at the British Library on Friday 27th April 2018. Learn more about James Cook’s fascinating life, with images from the archive.   Jame Cook (born in 1728) came from humble beginnings, and joined the British merchant navy as a teenager and then the Royal…

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Welcome to the May edition of our monthly Top Art Exhibitions feature, where we line up the best exhibitions happening around the world. 18th and 19th century art seem to be the trend this month, with a number of exhibitions about these periods opening across Europe and the US. If you’re interested in something a bit more modern, May also sees the opening of big exhibitions on fashion…

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With the anniversaries of two great baroque composers coming up this year, what better time to revisit this era’s splendour? The Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), whose 450th birthday is celebrated this year, marks the beginning of the period, while the death of German musician Georg Philipp Telemann in 1767, exactly 250 ago, signals its end. The music of this era set the tone for…

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