Tag: Architecture

Get your history heads on: we’re diving into Greek and Roman mythology! Gigantomachy is most typically defined as the battle that took place between the titans (or giants) and the gods, and appears multiple times throughout classical Roman and Greek art, architecture and literature. One of the most famous depictions of gigantomachy appears on the frieze of the Permagon Altar, the altar of a temple…

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Around the World: France

Posted by Published on April 9, 2019

“I do not believe there is another city on earth so beautiful as Paris nor another people with such an appreciation of the beautiful as the French…” Edward Hopper   We celebrate la belle France this week – the country that embodies culture and sophistication, AND produces over 350 types of cheese! Take a look at the abundance of work from the great French masters,…

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868 – 10 December 1928), architect, designer, fine artist and the founder of the “Glasgow Style” or the “Glasgow School” turns 150 in June. We take a brief look at the great man’s career and work. The beginning.. Born in Glasgow on 7 June 1868 (the fourth of eleven children), Mackintosh was apprenticed to a local architect John Hutchison, but in 1889…

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The Bridgeman archive is home to some beautiful, and at times haunting, photographs of cityscapes and renowned monuments, in London and around the world. Take a journey through history with this selection of stunning black and white shots from Mirrorpix: the picture library and photographic archive from The Daily Mirror, offering more than a century of historical and contemporary editorial images and photojournalism. Featured: This is one of my favourite photographs…

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Italy: La Dolce Vita!

Posted by Published on July 25, 2017

Bridgeman is excited to be launching a new Italian office this year. To celebrate, we thought we’d revel in all the cultural gems of Italy, from artistic masterpieces to travel inspirations. Perhaps you might even be able to fit in a spontaneous trip there this summer… Italy’s twenty regions feel more like twenty independent states, each with their own traditions, dialects, architecture and glorious food. This little boot-shaped country…

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Art

Masterpieces of Architecture: Kaldor

Posted by Published on May 31, 2017

Paintings of masterpieces of architecture from around the world Trained as an architect in his native Hungary, Andras Kaldor set out to capture the city’s historic landmarks and public spaces, its churches, corporate headquarters, and museums, along with residences of the rich and famous.   Commissions have led Andras to travel all over Europe to document the continent’s most prestigious Opera houses. He also illustrated books of…

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The Cult of the Football Stadium

Posted by Published on May 30, 2017

The number of ambitious, cutting-edge football stadia has increased exponentially in the past few decades. But when all evidence strongly suggests bankruptcy, why is there still so much investment?   “The football stadium has always been the place of the game, of violence, of community, of mass cheering and of grief…” – Sybille Frank and Silke Streets, ‘Stadium Worlds’   It is easy to be…

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London may not be able to compete with Venice, or even Birmingham, for total number of bridges, but in terms of quality, London has some of the most famous and most beautiful bridges traversing the Thames. Here are some facts on the oldest, the furthest and most famous crossings illustrated with images from the Bridgeman collection. The oldest one Old London Bridge in 1745 by…

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William Shakespeare famously noted that all the world’s a stage. The world is certainly full of magnificent stages, some of which don’t only host the finest performances, but are spectacular masterpieces in their own right. From the oldest known stone theatre to buildings connected to legendary playwrights, we’ve lined up 7 theatres that provide a glimpse into the history of the performing arts. The Theatre of Dionysus –…

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Arriving in Havana is like entering a portal to a different time. The soaring summer heat and humid air make it hard to breathe at first. There’s noise everywhere and the colours of the city are so intense they almost hurt your eyes. Havana is a place like no other: a city caught between colonial architecture and decay, Spanish rhythms and the ever-present communism. The…

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