Month: March 2017

When you are being immortalised in paint, to be looked upon by family and friends for generations to come, naturally you want to look your best. This 16th-century portrait by Bernardino Licinio is no exception. This lady is dressed to impress with a rich, velvety gown, fine jewellery and a complicated-looking hairstyle: On closer inspection however, her sleeves are in tatters, with small cuts running across…

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Top Exhibitions: April 2017

Posted by Published on March 30, 2017

Read on for our top pick of exhibitions opening in April. This month we bring you a delightfully eclectic mix, with subjects ranging from extraordinary women, including jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian, to gilded cabinets and board games. When you’re not out Easter egg hunting this April, make sure to catch one of these exciting displays. Ella Fitzgerald at 100  1 April 2017 – 2 April 2018 National…

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You are cordially invited to Bridgeman Studio artist Xavier Cortada’s solo exhibition in Florida this April. Xavier Cortada Cortada is a renowned American artist residing in Miami, Florida. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across America, Europe and Africa. He has a very impressive list of clients and has been commissioned to create work for the White House, the World Bank, the Florida…

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Top 10 Weird and Wonderful Easter Traditions

Posted by Published on March 28, 2017

With Easter fast approaching, Christians around the world will soon commemorate the resurrection of Christ. But not all Easter traditions are founded in religion. Take a look at our top 10 Easter traditions from around the world.   Finland Easter traditions in Finland see children dirty their faces and beg whilst wearing scarves and carrying broomsticks – looking something like a Victorian chimney sweep! In some…

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Want to know what artworks sizzle Down Under? Here’s our award round-up of the most popular and best-selling Australian artists ever. Sir Sidney Nolan (1917 – 1992) Sidney Nolan is perhaps the most famous Australian artist of all time. It was an exhibition at the Contemporary Art Society in Melbourne in 1948 of a series of his pictures of the bushranger Ned Kelly that first won…

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A Celebration of Motherhood

Posted by Published on March 23, 2017

For as long as artists have been wielding their brushes, the relationship between a mother and her child has been a foremost theme. To coincide with Mother’s Day, here are some of the most celebrated non-religious mother and child images in the history of art and an exploration of the artists who conceived them.     An Intimate Bond: Mary Cassatt  (1844-1926)  In the late…

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Call Yourself a Film Buff?

Posted by Published on March 23, 2017

Welcome to Buff Films, a fascinating private collection from renowned filmmaker John Edwards. Covering the history of flight, NATO promo films from the 70s and 80s, and historical documentary and newsreel footage throughout the 20th century, this rich and exclusive collection is fully available through Bridgeman Footage. First flights Charting the progression of aircraft technology from the very beginning, Buff Films is home to a…

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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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With its luscious decorations, the Luttrell Psalter is one of the most famous and treasured manuscripts in the collection of the British Library. The Psalter was made during the first half of the fourteenth century for the wealthy medieval landowner Sir Geoffrey Luttrell by an impressive number of artists (scholars have distinguished at least five different hands in the illuminations!). What makes this book of…

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Visit ‘House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion’ at Chatsworth From the 25th March, Chatsworth will present an exhibition exploring the history of fashion and adornment: House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth. The exhibition will bring to life the captivating individuals from the Cavendish family, including Bess of Hardwick; the 18th century “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; model Stella Tennant and Adele Astaire,…

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