As the centenary of the Easter Rising approaches, explore rare photographs of Dublin in ruins following the armed rebellion of Irish Republicans on 24 April 1916. Few photographs were taken of this defining moment of the struggle for Irish independence but an exhibition in London provides a unique insight into the six days of fighting. The Sean Sexton collection, currently on display at the Photographer’s Gallery,…

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Shakespeare in Art

Posted by Published on March 30, 2016

‘Beginning in the middle, starting thence away. To what may be digested in a play.’ * In 2016 the world is commemorating 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. For centuries artists have reinterpreted and brought to life the acts, characters and scenes in Shakespeare’s plays, reaching zenith proportions during the Romantic Movement. Their paintings range from tragic visions by Fuseli to vivid evocations of…

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In the weeks leading up to Easter the marketing team at Bridgeman got creative with a Facebook competition to see if our followers could guess the famous figures whose features had been carefully crafted onto eggs, based on images poached from the Bridgeman archive. Katrina Hinrichsen decorating the eggs / Bridgeman Images We hope you enjoyed the #YolkFolk creations we dished up! Here are the final results (cover the right-hand side…

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Enjoy War & Peace? Well, if that’s wetted your appetite for the “Golden Age” of Russian literature and culture, catch the latest exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. As part of an exchange with Moscow, Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky coincides with an exhibition of loaned portraits of famous Britons at the prestigious State Tretyakov Gallery this year to celebrate both galleries 160th birthdays….

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Celebrate Easter: Painting The Passion

Posted by Published on March 15, 2016

Explore the true meaning of Easter shining forth in generations of art  For centuries, artists have depicted the events surrounding Jesus’s crucifixion. Full of emotion and symbolism, these scenes are reminders of the power of artistic expression. Though the earliest paintings of the Crucifixion date from the 5th century, The Passion story was given its first truly artistic outing in Giotto‘s frescoes in the Cappella…

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Fashion Designers: Inspired by Art

Posted by Published on March 10, 2016

Fashion and art have always had a close relationship, and designers often look to paintings for creative inspiration. This season of exhibitions has had a particularly prominent focus on fashion, with the V&A hosting the first and largest ever retrospective of Alexander McQueen’s works in Europe. Using the Bridgeman archive as our guide, explore how fashion designers have borrowed from parallel art movements and art history for…

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ANNODAM by Katrina Blannin

Posted by Published on March 10, 2016

Katrina Blannin‘s work is ardent in its pursuit of clarity, order, precision and purity of style.  She reveals a consistent vision for resolving the conflict between the depiction of an objective reality and the artist’s subjective need to re-shape the given world in a style which resonates with the representational codes of our time. Blannin has blended the humanist ideas of the early Renaissance with…

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9 September 2015 marked a historic landmark for the nation, as Queen Elizabeth became the longest reigning monarch in British history. In doing so, she broke the record held for over a century by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who served for 63 years and seven months. The beloved Queen has had an extraordinary lifetime devoted to public service, and also celebrated her 90th birthday in April 2016. June…

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Have you heard? Winter is coming! Again Games of Thrones. Aside from the satisfaction of watching annoying actor after annoying actor meet a grizzly end (please, please stay dead, Jon Snow), there’s a perverse historical attraction too. It’s like when I went to the New York Renaissance Faire (best day of my life) – an audaciously selective mistranslation of European history that makes it seem actually fun. I watched Puck,…

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“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” ― Mark Twain  ‘Tis the season for everything politics. To keep you in the know, check out these images that cover politics from every angle.  Political Campaign Posters: Equal parts creative design and political suave, campaign posters have been a centerpiece of political communication from the branding of…

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