Stuck on fresh ideas for those tricky relatives, high-maintenance best friend or significant other with left-field tastes? To help you decide, we have selected our favourite 2015 products featuring Bridgeman licensed images – but you may end up adding a few to your own Christmas list…   For: the history buff ‘The Folio Society’s beautifully illustrated edition of Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle is by…

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Jungle Fever: Design Trends For 2016

Posted by Published on December 1, 2015

I thought it would be interesting to look at the big cultural happenings of the year using the Bridgeman archive as a visual guide, to see how they might inspire the design of future on-trend products. Monkey Magic The Year of the Monkey began on 8th of February 2016  according to the Chinese Zodiac. Curious, mischievous, and clever, this practical joker is a great addition to any…

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

Posted by Published on November 30, 2015

What are you getting your true love for Christmas? Here’s some gift idea inspiration from the classic Twelve Days of Christmas song: 1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree 2. Turtle Doves Turtle doves stay with their partner for a lifetime and hence symbolise true love and loyalty – the perfect gift for your significant other. 3. French Hens Ooh la la! This image would look…

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Death and mortality were recurring themes in the life and work of renowned Regency architect Sir John Soane. The catalyst for Soane’s long-held professional interest in architecture of mausolea, funerary sculpture and monuments was his personal tragedy of losing his beloved wife of thirty-one years, Eliza Soane. Eliza died on 22 November 1815, and despite living a further twenty-two years after her death Soane never entirely…

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What better way to show someone you care this Christmas than by presenting them with a beautifully crafted gift that has had as much time and love put into it as you want to share. So when it comes to your Christmas shopping this year, why not think a little outside the (gift) box and opt for something unique. We know picking the perfect present may seem…

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The Best Boozy Pictures in Art

Posted by Published on November 13, 2015

From casual movie nights in, to classy affairs and then those crazy nights we struggle to even remember, booze is often a favourite accessory throughout the holiday period. Over the years alcohol has also been a key component of various artworks and has been construed in opposing lights, from promoting happiness and industry to invoking moral depravity. In London during the 1720s, gin was even a safer drink…

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Heaven and earth: the duality in Rodin’s work

Posted by Published on October 31, 2015

On 12 November 2015, we celebrate Auguste Rodin’s 175th birth anniversary, and what better way to honour him than talking about his work. Master of nineteenth-century sculpture, Rodin’s work presents the Impressionist quality of accentuating the surface texture of the medium; and just as the rest of the Impressionists, Rodin’s work was often bluntly criticized. His sculptures departed from the traditional style modelled with beauty…

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Claude Monet, Beyond the Water Lilies

Posted by Published on October 22, 2015

Probably Monet’s most recognizable work, the Water Lilies series, is without doubt a masterpiece and a trademark of the Impressionism movement. Monet painted this series in his garden at Giverny between 1900 and 1926, near the end of his life, but before the Water Lilies there is so much more that makes Monet ‘the ultimate Impressionist’. To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the artist’s birth (November 14,…

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Dora Holzhandler

Posted by Published on October 22, 2015

George Swinford, the husband of the much loved artist, Dora Holzhandler has informed us that she very sadly died on 8th October.   Dora Holzandler Little Girl with Roses, 2000 (oil on canvas)   Dora was one of the first contemporary artists to sign up with Bridgeman Images and has been one of our most popular Bridgeman artists for many years. As Philip Vann, her…

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Fine art at the movies

Posted by Published on October 16, 2015

We highlight images from the Bridgeman archive that have been licensed for several 2014-15 blockbusters and award-winners, used for set dressing and more 1. Cinderella (March 2015) This was a big, $95 million (£64 million) production for Disney. Kenneth Branagh sets his version in the early 19th century and mostly sticks to the story depicted in the cartoon, that itself draws much from the classic version…

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