Tag: art history

A Case for the Study of Art History

Posted by Published on October 18, 2017

You will have heard that the Art History A-level was at risk of being axed in the UK –  AQA had dropped the baton, and unless Pearson, the company which owns the examination board Edexcel, rescued it from the floor, the open door for those from unprivileged backgrounds to make sense of a world bombarded with visual media was going to be snapped shut. My year…

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Did you know that Botticelli’s ethereal faces were said to be of one woman, the beautiful Simonetta Vespucci? We explore the women who inspired art history’s greatest masterpieces.   “O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.” – William Shakespeare, Henry V.   Botticelli’s La Bella Simonetta The ultimate muse, this young beauty charmed Florentine society. Although she died…

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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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