Category: Culture

Get your history heads on: we’re diving into Greek and Roman mythology! Gigantomachy is most typically defined as the battle that took place between the titans (or giants) and the gods, and appears multiple times throughout classical Roman and Greek art, architecture and literature. One of the most famous depictions of gigantomachy appears on the frieze of the Permagon Altar, the altar of a temple…

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Space Travel & Tech: Archive Footage

Posted by Published on November 14, 2019

“The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.” — Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, pioneer of Astronautic Theory Animals In Space Laika, the famous first dog in space is shown in both black and white and colour footage, and her two successors Belka and Streka are shown before and after their return from space. On The Moon Earlier this year in…

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The Colour Blue in Art

Posted by Published on November 6, 2019

“A certain blue penetrates your soul” -Henri Matisse Blue has been named the world’s favourite colour after topping polls in countries across the world. Associated with clear skies and vast seas, the colour is often seen as calm, serene and even spiritual. It can be bright and intense or icy and cold, and symbolises sadness in a way that no other colour quite matches. Indeed,…

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Temples, Tombs & Masks: Egyptology on Film

Posted by Published on November 4, 2019

“…As my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere the glint of gold…” — Howard Carter, The Tomb of Tutankhamun 20th Century Egypt Ancient Egyptian culture has fascinated us for centuries, and its mysteries will continue to intrigue experts for years to come. The study of Egypt is fascinating:…

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Colours of Autumn: In Footage

Posted by Published on October 30, 2019

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”— Albert Camus There’s a noticeable chill in the air, the orange leaves are falling and Halloween is coming up: Autumn is here! As this cosiest of seasons begins, dive into our archive of historic and contemporary autumn-inspired footage. From lakes and parks at the peak of the season to a London night out with roasted chestnuts, we’re in the spirit…

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Top Art Exhibitions: November 2019

Posted by Published on October 28, 2019

We’ve gathered exhibitions from around the world this November, and they’re every bit as varied as usual. We live in a rapidly changing art world and social climate, and it would appear that artworks challenging the status quo are the order of the day. From 15th century Rome to 21st century America, it’s fascinating to see artists both then and now working to this end….

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Challenging Gender – in Pictures

Posted by Published on October 21, 2019

Gender has been a popular topic in the art world recently, with many contemporary artists challenging the the socially constructed binary between feminine and masculine. This isn’t something totally new however. We had a look in the archives for people and artists that have challenged the gender binary in the last 100 years, in doing so paving the way for contemporary artists today. This collection…

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Observed annually in the US (February) and the UK (October), Black History Month remembers the pivotal events and pioneering individuals of the world’s African diaspora. This year, we’re looking at individuals who fought for what was right – often when the odds were against them. Bridgeman’s historical footage archive documents African-American civil rights campaigners, as well as communities and artists from throughout the 20th century….

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This October, Bridgeman Images takes a look at some of the most interesting and influential black artists from the UK and the US. Black artists have consistently provided high-quality and thought-provoking work, today’s contemporary artists being no exception. This list is by no means exhaustive, and Bridgeman Images would like to encourage everyone to go and find out more for themselves, and enjoy the diverse range…

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Are you ready for fright night? Halloween is approaching and so is a fresh crop of scary movies, including a new adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, new imaginings of The Grudge and Halloween – proving the appetite for the macabre that we seem to have isn’t going away! Surprisingly, many of the elements in horror films share similar stylistic tricks to those in Gothic literature,…

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