Tag: Anniversary

In 2018 we will celebrate the 250th birthday of one of Britain’s oldest and most renowned artistic institutions: the Royal Academy of Arts. To mark the occasion, we put together 7 iconic moments that shaped not only the history of the Academy, but also often greatly influenced the development of art in Britain. Read on to find out more about heated rivalry, political battles and recent…

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24 May 2019 marks the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria, whose iconic 63-year reign came to be known as one of the most successful and innovative periods in British history: the Victorian era. This period in history was full of incredible inventions including typewriters, tarmac, sewing machines and afternoon tea. Another invention of the nineteenth century, which has become indispensable to our own 21st-century lives,…

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Call Yourself a Film Buff?

Posted by Published on March 23, 2017

Welcome to Buff Films, a fascinating private collection from renowned filmmaker John Edwards. Covering the history of flight, NATO promo films from the 70s and 80s, and historical documentary and newsreel footage throughout the 20th century, this rich and exclusive collection is fully available through Bridgeman Footage. First flights Charting the progression of aircraft technology from the very beginning, Buff Films is home to a…

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The 29th May 2017 will mark 100 years since the birth of one of the most popular US presidents in history. John Fitzgerald ‘Jack’ Kennedy, also known as JFK, captured the hearts of the public during his time as America’s 35th president, up until his untimely death via assassination in 1963. The Bridgeman Footage archive is home to candid clips of JFK with his wife and…

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Capturing Saint Petersburg

Posted by Published on February 22, 2017

Step back in time through photography to Russia’s heart of culture on the brink of revolution. Early 20th-century Saint Petersburg depicts a divided city. On the one hand its inhabitants appeared to live a carefree life of  bourgeois pleasures, on the other hand there were demonstrations, destruction and revolts. Contemporary snapshots all capture a grand, booming city on the brink of violent political unrest. Between its founding in…

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Top 5 composers of the 20th Century

Posted by Published on February 21, 2017

2017 and 2018 sees anniversaries from some of the greats in 20th century classical music, with the centenary of Debussy’s death and the 150th anniversary of Arturo Toscanini’s birth.  With these important anniversaries approaching, why not take a look at our profiles of five of the most influential composers and conductors of the 20th century. Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) French composer, considered…

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Sidney Nolan’s Burke & Wills series

Posted by Published on February 16, 2017

The late, great, Sir Sidney Nolan, one of Australia’s most prominent artists, marks several anniversaries in 2017.  This year sees both the centenary year of the artist’s birth and the 25th anniversary of his death.  To celebrate the life of the internationally acclaimed artist, immerse yourself in Nolan’s Australia, through the Nolan’s Burke & Wills series.   Burke & Wills Nolan’s inspiration came from a fateful expedition in 1860,…

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 Sir Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly paintings have formed some of the most recognisable imagery in Australia. The stylised figurative descriptions of Australia’s most notorious bushranger set in a sunburnt outback elicit memories of Australia’s recent British history. Painted mostly between 1946 and 1947, the works were made during a period in which the artist lived and worked side by side with other Australian Modernist artists…

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5 little-known facts about Magna Carta

Posted by Published on February 10, 2017

June 2015 marked the 800th year anniversary since King John of England put his seal to the ‘Great Charter’, known by its Latin name Magna Carta.   This medieval manuscript was first drafted as a peace treaty between the King and a group of rebel barons but at the end became one of the most important legal documents in history. Here are some interesting and less…

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After the Communist revolution in 1917, the new government took control of the art establishment in Russia, nationalising all art collections and laying down the principles that were to govern the creation of works of art. A movement was initiated to put all arts to service of the dictatorship of the proletariat. Clarity and exactitude as opposed to subjectivity and individualism With Constructivism, the Russian…

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