Or rather, his mask… Tutankhamun was the antepenultimate pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of ancient Egypt. He ruled from the age of nine until about nineteen, during which he restored the traditional polytheistic ancient Egyptian religion. His image remains relevant in contemporary popular culture, signifying opulent riches.
The historically significant discovery of his tomb is photographed here by Harry Burton (1879 – 1940) in 1923. It depicts archaeologist Howard Carter (1874 – 1939) inspecting the third coffin of Tutankhamun. This is widely thought to be the greatest archaeological discovery of all time.
Our archive features an array of images and footage of top bucket list location, New York City. This city provides a source of inspiration for many artists and photographers, fusing historical and modern culture. This photograph, taken by Alfred Stieglitz (1864 – 1946), offers a glimpse of New York City in the 1930s with an iconic shot of light pouring into Grand Central Station.
The Terracotta army is an incredible collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. This is a form of funerary art, a work forming or placed alongside a body laid to rest. These sculptures were buried alongside the emperor in the third century BC, intending to protect him in the afterlife. The varying heights of the figures correspond with their roles, the tallest are the generals. This collection also includes chariots and horses. The Bridgeman Images collection incorporates many images of this astonishing piece of history.
Our collection will lead you through the rich history of New Zealand and the indigenous Maori people. The Maori originated with the settlers from East Polynesia, they arrived in New Zealand in several canoe voyages in the 14th century. They created a distinctive culture, including their language, mythology, crafts and performing arts. This illustration, from the collection of the British Library, portrays a Maori woman with a small facial tattoo in a traditional costume.
We will read the Bridgeman Baedeker for you… Nancy Cadogan’s ‘An Italian Adventure’ (2011) will transport you to a dream-like holiday through the continent. Europe is home to some of the most outstanding classical art in the world. The Bridgeman art collection will take you on an artistic journey through Italy to France to the Netherlands. The work of infamous French Impressionist landscape painter, Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) evokes the beauty of natural European landscapes, such as in his ‘A Pathway in Monet’s Garden, Giverny’ (1902). Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny were a great source of inspiration for his work, combining his two passions for colour and the landscape. Our collection also features several pieces by leading French Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919). His piece, ‘Bay of Naples, Evening’ (1881) is a hazy depiction of Naples which conveys the daily bustle of life by the harbour.
Encapsulating both art and photography, ranging from the 18th to the 21st century, the Bridgeman Images archive will lead you through the sights of Latin America.
Our contemporary photographers vividly capture the spectacles of South and Central America, including Bolivia’s Uyuni salt flats, the wildlife of the Galapagos, the mystical cloud forests of Ecuador and Costa Rica, Machu Picchu, Easter Island and Iguassu Falls. These photographs are complemented by a curated assortment of artworks, such as ‘Rocks at L’Estaque’ (1879 – 82) by French Post-Impressionist painter, Paul Cezanne (1839 – 1906). This oil painting implements muted earthy tones with strong contrasts to give an impression of the beautiful landscape of Brazil.