Journey Through History with our Time-Travel Bucket List

The Bridgeman Images collection features an array of historical and cultural gems. Our archive incorporates a vast selection of art and photography, ranging from classical to contemporary. Find inspiration for your projects with our Curated Highlights, and read on for a vibrant journey through art, culture and history… 


Meet Tutankhamun

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.


Discovery of the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings (Egypt) - Howard Carter looking into the third coffin of Tutankhamun, 1923 (bw photo), Harry Burton, (1879-1940)  PVDE  Bridgeman Images


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. 



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Take a stroll in New York City through the 20th century



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. 


Grand Central Terminal, New York, c.1930 (bw photo), Alfred Stieglitz, (1864-1946)  Private Collection  Prismatic Pictures  Bridgeman Images

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See China’s Terracotta army


Terracotta Army warrior, Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, 3rd century BC (photo), Chinese School, (3rd century BC)  Tomb of Qin shi Huang Di, Xianyang, China  Granger  Bridgeman Images


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. 


Warrior of Emperor Qin Shi Huang Ti (259-210 BC), Qin Dynasty, 221-206 BC (terracotta), Chinese School, (3rd century BC)  Tomb of Qin shi Huang Di, Xianyang, China  © Iberfoto  Bridgeman Images

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Experience New Zealand before The Lord of the Rings and meet the Maori People

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, who arrived in New Zealand following 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. 


A Maori woman with a small facial tattoo.  British Library, London, UK  © British Library Board. All Rights Reserved  Bridgeman Images

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Join us for a Grand Tour through Europe


An Italian Adventure, 2011 (oil on canvas), Nancy Cadogan,  Private Collection  © Nancy Cadogan. All Rights Reserved 2023  Bridgeman Images

We will read the Bridgeman Baedeker for you… Nancy Cadogan’s ‘An Italian Adventure’ (2011) will transport you on 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 famous 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. 


A Pathway in Monets Garden, Giverny, 1902 (oil on canvas), Claude Monet, (1840-1926)  Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria  Bridgeman Images

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See the wonders of Latin America 


A Picturesque Voyage through Brazil 33, 2015 (photo), Cassio Vasconcellos, (b.1965)  © Cassio Vasconcellos. All rights reserved 2023  Bridgeman Images

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.


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