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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Top Art Exhibitions: March 2016

Posted by Published on March 1, 2016

  This month promises a sensational season of exhibitions worldwide – catch them if you can! Pure Land: Images of Immortals in Chinese Art Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 1 Mar – 2 Oct 2016 Seated Buddha (wood) (detail of 275877), Chinese School, (10th century) / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / Purchased by the Sol and Lilian Ash Foundation / Bridgeman Images Pure Land is dedicated to…

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2016 is a leap year, meaning that February gains an extra day. This occurs every four years and is due to the solar system’s disparity with the Gregorian Calendar. Leap years are special, not only for the added date for your diary, but also because the tables of tradition turn for most countries and women may propose to men. Check out these humorous 20th century postcards showing predatory women…

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In a packed out boardroom at the Bridgeman offices in West London, the prominent Archive Producer, of Senna and Amy fame no less, led a merry and informal discussion into the foggy world of fair dealing. Organised by FOCAL International (Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries), hosted by Bridgeman Images, and led by Paul Bell, it was a perfect combination of researchers and archive heads, getting together…

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Released at the end of last year, this compelling film gives an interesting inside view of the life of Peggy Guggenheim, an extraordinary woman who considers the discovery of Jackson Pollock as her first achievement and her collection as the second.  Jackson Pollock, c.1955 (detail), American Photographer, (20th century) / Bridgeman Images The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is composed of masterworks of Cubism, Futurism, European Abstractionism, Metaphysical Painting,…

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