Author: Charlotte Schelling

Marketing intern at Bridgeman Images

In 2018 we will celebrate the 250th birthday of one of Britain’s oldest and most renowned artistic institutions: the Royal Academy of Arts. To mark the occasion, we put together 7 iconic moments that shaped not only the history of the Academy, but also often greatly influenced the development of art in Britain. Read on to find out more about heated rivalry, political battles and recent…

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24 May 2019 marks the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria, whose iconic 63-year reign came to be known as one of the most successful and innovative periods in British history: the Victorian era. This period in history was full of incredible inventions including typewriters, tarmac, sewing machines and afternoon tea. Another invention of the nineteenth century, which has become indispensable to our own 21st-century lives,…

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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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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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Top Art Exhibitions: March 2017

Posted by Published on March 7, 2017

Spring is around the corner, and exciting new exhibitions are opening across the globe. With exhibition themes such as landscapes, the countryside and fresh watercolours, museums are taking the sunny spring weather indoors this month.   American Watercolour in the Age of Homer and Sargent 1 March – 14 May, 2017 Philadelphia Museum of Art While watercolour had not always been considered suitable for painters (it was often associated…

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