Month: January 2017

  Explore ancient Egyptian beliefs about life after death, as illustrated in the Book of the Dead, developed from a tradition of funerary manuscripts. The Book of the Dead For the Ancient Egyptians death was not the end but merely an interruption. Appeasing the gods, preserving the body and providing funerary equipment ensured admission into the afterlife. The journey to the afterlife is described in the…

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The Battle of the Somme is, rightly so, best remembered for the stupefying number of casualties that were inflicted on both sides between July 1st and November 18th 1916. Estimates vary greatly but some historians suggest the number of killed and wounded exceded 1 million. It was remarkable even in the context of World War 1. The British public at the time was not unaccustomed…

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Top 10 Viking Facts You Must Know

Posted by Published on January 30, 2017

Let’s count down the top 10 facts about these 8th-12th century Scandinavians with images from our archive. 1. The origin of the word “Viking” is still unknown It is believed that “Viking” either originates from the Old Norse noun “vikingr”, meaning “pirate”, or verb “viking”, meaning “to go on a sea raid expedition” See more images of sea raids 2. The horned helmets… it’s a…

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Top Art Exhibitions: February 2017

Posted by Published on January 27, 2017

Take a look at this month’s pick of the best exhibitions around the world, with iconic art from America during the Great Depression, the brazen revolutionary period of the 1960s, humanoid robots and more.   Robots 8 Feb – 3 Sep 2017 Science Museum, London, UK What does it mean to be human? The Science Museum’s new blockbuster exhibition tells the 500-year old story of…

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Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Posted by Published on January 25, 2017

  14th February: the day the world celebrates love. Whilst some look forward to all things red and heart-shaped on Valentine’s Day, some dread this commercialised holiday of love.  Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no escaping the shops filled with Valentine’s cards, the florists with the single red roses or those adverts for expensive jewellery and chocolates. Regardless of the money spent, Valentine’s Day…

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Top 10 Lost Ancient Cities

Posted by Published on January 22, 2017

  From Pompeii to Peru, take a tour of some of the world’s most beautiful and significant archaeological sites. 1. Pompeii and Herculaneum Since their rediscovery in the eighteenth century, their perfectly preserved artefacts and frescoes have become an invaluable source of information about Roman life and culture.Perhaps the lost city that has most caught our imagination, Pompeii (and its neighbour Herculaneum) were famously destroyed…

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Gustav Klimt: 100 years

Posted by Published on January 20, 2017

  In today’s art community, Austrian painter Gustav Klimt‘s stunningly sumptuous images are consistently a popular favourite; his glimmering world of opulence and eroticism is irresistible. An artist far ahead of his time, he is remembered as one of the greatest decorative painters of the twentieth century, with one of art history’s most significant bodies of erotic art. Explore the artist’s influences and distinctive styles ahead of…

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Mary Fedden OBE RA (1915-2012)

Posted by Published on January 19, 2017

Look back at the celebrated British artist’s career and pick out a few observations on her style, technique and subject matter. Explore joyful, colourful works in the Bridgeman archive.  Mary Fedden (1915-2012) is described by some as ‘one of Britain’s finest and best-loved contemporary artists’[1]. Probably most well-known for her still-life’s, Fedden created an extensive body of work, painting daily well into her nineties from her…

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Beautiful Bodies

Posted by Published on January 19, 2017

From voluptuous curves to corseted waists, the female body has been celebrated in all shapes and sizes.   January is traditionally considered the time to kick-start diet and fitness regimes to achieve body beautiful. In an age of fad diets, de-toxing and body obsession, one has to wonder where this fixation with the ‘perfect’ female physique was born. The female figure has been a central object…

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Top 10 Cultural Anniversaries: 2017

Posted by Published on January 12, 2017

  It’s fair to say 2016 will go down in the history books as a year that rocked celebrity culture.  Here’s hoping to fewer deaths of stalwarts in the world of music, TV and film this year.  We have plenty of cultural anniversaries to commemorate!  Take a look at our top ten cultural anniversaries of 2017.  You can also visit our archival calendar for many more. 1. Alphonse…

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