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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Studying the Art of the Roman Empire

Posted by Published on October 2, 2015

With the launch of the new Bridgeman Education website, thousands of students in hundreds of institutions around the world will benefit from access to high quality images. I know, because I was one of them. Like many students, I was not looking forward to my final year of university. Perpetually tired and beginning to worry for the future, I took a rather lax approach to…

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The English victory over the French at the Battle of Agincourt is the stuff of legend: the victory of a small, tired, weakened English army against the amassed ranks of soldiers-for-hire of the French forces played out on a muddy field in northern France. The forthcoming 600th anniversary of the battle will be commemorated with a series of events both in England and France, and to mark the…

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This autumn the V&A will present a series of exhibitions and events that will delve into the rich and varied culture of South Asia, past and present. The India Festival marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery, which displays some of the most important objects from the V&A’s South Asian art collection produced between the 16 – 19th centuries. The V&A’s programme…

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