The 7th September 2016 marks the 450th anniversary of the death of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman Empire’s longest reigning Great Sultan. Take a look at his military success and the impact that he had on the Empire’s culture.   Early life Suleiman the Magnificent, born in Trabzon on the 6th November 1494, was to be the Ottoman Empire’s longest reigning Great Sultan. Aged seevn he was…

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As summer begins to draw to a close, many are scrambling for that last, memorable summer outing. Why not take a day to explore some amazing art? All of the leading galleries and museums listed below are represented by Bridgeman Images for licensing in the US. Here are the shows not to miss before the end of the summer! Stag at Sharkey’s: George Bellows and…

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Time flies when your job is to maintain and preserve the national parks of the United States. The National Parks Service, an agency of the United States Federal Government, turns 100 years old on Thursday, August 25th. The National Parks Service (or NPS) is responsible for preserving the ecological integrity as well as the historical integrity of areas designated as national parks. While the NPS is preserving the…

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Umberto Boccioni and Futurism

Posted by Published on August 2, 2016

The 17th August 2016 marks a century since the death of the highly influential Italian painter and sculptor, Umberto Boccioni. He was one of the principle figures of the revolutionary aesthetic of Futurism, an art movement that emerged in Italy in the years before the First World War. Futurism highlighted technology, speed, youth and violence, as well as the car, the aeroplane and the industrial city….

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The Art of Independence Day

Posted by Published on July 24, 2016

Celebrate the history of Fourth of July with over two centuries of all-American art. Summertime is upon us, and no festivities epitomizes the season better than that of Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Since the early 20th century, artists have been inspired by the heat and spirit of this patriotic holiday. Vintage posters from the 1800-1900s were heavily stylized in red, white and blue…

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  Standing in The News Building at London Bridge last Thursday the view of London was extraordinary, but for once it paled in comparison to the wealth of talent on display inside the room. The judging for the Bridgeman Studio Award 2016 was an incredible mix of styles, media and the highest levels of creativity. Susie Doore The Borough Press  & Claire Ward HarperCollins Lucy Innes Williams &…

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Lucian Freud’s moving paintings of his second wife are currently on show at Ordovas, London (until 1st August 2015). ‘Girl – Lucian Freud’ presents one of Freud’s most famous portraits in a completely new light: by displaying the woman in the painting alongside her actual image through archival photography.   The subject of this small but beautifully curated survey is Lady Caroline Blackwood, best known as…

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  This year we have been overwhelmed by the number of phenomenal entries for the Bridgeman Studio Award competition 2016. From photography to painting and detailed illustrations, artists from all across the globe have used a wide variety of media to truly convey a ‘night’ to remember. We received nearly 1000 amazing entries and deciding a winner will definitely be a challenge! Ahead of the final judging process,…

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Top Art Exhibitions: July 2016

Posted by Published on July 1, 2016

From erotic flowers and illustrations to comical depictions of Latin America, discover all that the world’s art exhibitions have to offer this month. Berenice Abbott – Photographs 1 July – 3 Oct 2016 Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin Watuppa, from the water front, Brooklyn, 1936 (gelatin silver print), Berenice Abbott  / New York Public Library, USA / Bridgeman Images Berenice Abbott was one of the major photographers of…

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Inside Lucian Freud’s Studio

Posted by Published on July 1, 2016

Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011) is one of the most well-known and influential painters of the 20th century, yet in spite of his fame, he remained an intensely private figure. David Dawson, also an artist, met Freud in 1990 and worked as his assistant for the next 20 years, photographing the artist in every aspect of his life. He also directed a documentary film featuring rare footage of Lucian Freud…

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