Category: Art

Mike Leigh’s film ‘Mr. Turner’ explores the last quarter century of British artist J.M.W Turner’s life. In reconstructing each of Turner’s environments Thin Man Films aimed to be as authentic as possible and so, for the Royal Academy Varnishing Day scene, this involved reproducing works that would have been there using a catalogue from the exhibition of 1832.  Click on the image  for exclusive behind…

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Hot to Trot: Allen Jones

Posted by Published on November 4, 2014

‘Jones does for the leg what Stubbs did for the horse’ John McEwan (art critic) Allen Jones R.A. (b.1937) is one of Britain’s most distinguished and seductive artists from the pioneering Pop Art movement. Ahead of a major retrospective at the Royal Academy this November, here is a brief overview of Jones’s life, work and influences. Allen Jones was one of an outstanding generation of…

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A Day to Remember

Posted by Published on November 3, 2014

In her own words Beatrice Okoro, Bridgeman’s UK Account Manager for TV and Film, recalls taking part in the artistic installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ that sees the Tower of London’s moat filled with over 800,000 ceramic poppies.   The day arrived for me to volunteer at the Tower of London to plant the ceramic poppies, commemorating all the British and Commonwealth soldiers…

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Approaching one of the most cherished holidays in the United States, Thanksgiving, the Bridgeman New York team are feeling thankful for our favorite holiday treats and traditions. Happy Turkey Day! Historic Harvest Feast Dating back to the first European settlers on the continent, the first Thanksgiving was the celebration of the European Pilgrims‘ first harvest in the New World. Settling their differences for three days,…

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Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541 – 1614), commonly known as El Greco, or The Greek, although born in Crete, is hailed as one of the pillars of Spanish Renaissance painting. But it wasn’t always that way… Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the artist’s death this November, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in partnership with the Hispanic Society of America, is hosting a retrospective show of El Greco’s most…

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The world’s coolest annual art fair duo – Frieze London and Frieze Masters – are back and this year, they’re bigger and bolder than ever.  Here are my top 5 reasons to visit Frieze Masters, the fair for pre-21st century masterpieces, and why it’s better than Frieze London…   1. See history’s most important artists under one roof Unlike Frieze London, there are no ‘Is…

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World War I was the first conflict on a global scale. It witnessed some of the worst battles in history and, with over 37 million casualties, will be remembered as one of the bloodiest wars. Explore an overview of the major European battles fought between 1914 and 1918. Land Engagements: Confrontations on the Western Front Many of the major battles took place on the Western…

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Tips from the Experts: Book Cover Design

Posted by Published on October 3, 2014

Want to succeed in art licensing? Bridgeman gets industry advice on which defining elements make up the picture-perfect book cover In the start of our new series exploring the art of image licensing, Lily Richards, Picture Researcher for Vintage at Penguin Random House, one of the largest book publishing companies in the world, reveals what she looks for when licensing images for a book cover:…

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The Star Spangled Banner: 200 Years

Posted by Published on August 30, 2014

To mark the 200th anniversary of one the world’s most recognizable songs, The Star Spangled Banner, here is a brief history of the national anthem of the United States 200 Years of American pride September 16th 2014 marks the 200-year anniversary of one of America’s most celebrated expressions of patriotism and national identity. Written by 35-year old Washington lawyer, Francis Scott Key, the “Star-Spangled Banner”…

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The first woman artist: Lavinia Fontana

Posted by Published on July 29, 2014

Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) was an Italian painter of the Mannerist school and one of the most important portraitists in Bologna during the late 16th century. August 2014 will mark 400 years since her death so it seems timely to examine her paintings and life as a female artist in the Renaissance period. She was remarkable in being one of the first women to execute large,…

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