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The Dark Self exhibition

Posted by Published on June 16, 2017

This summer, Bridgeman Studio Artist Susan Aldworth will host a new exhibition The Dark Self  at York St Mary’s, which is a deconsecrated medieval church.     A highly original and experimental artist known for her unorthodox printmaking techniques and philosophical investigations into the human brain and identity, Aldworth challenges us to consider what happens to the self in the dark time of sleep.    …

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Conceived by the National Gallery of Ireland, this revelatory exhibition celebrates the work of Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) and will give new insights into the relationships the artist maintained with other great painters of the Dutch Golden Age.  It will bring together over 60 paintings from major public and private collections around the world. Ten masterpieces by Vermeer will be included representing nearly a third of…

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Art Scandals: Our Top Five

Posted by Published on June 2, 2017

The art world is full of scandal and, as the 50th anniversary of the attempted murder of Andy Warhol is next year we have collected our 5 favorite art scandals and controversies. 1 – Andy Warhol Well if this post is because of the 50th anniversary of this scandal it’s fitting that this one comes first. On 3rd June 1968 the author Valerie Solanas went…

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Next month one of Bridgeman’s brilliant Studio Artists Susan Adams will be exhibited in Mall Galleries. Susan’s two paintings below have been selected to be in the Society of Women Artists Exhibition.The New Zealand born Australian artist began a career in science but her passion for painting soon led her away from her PhD. Her works are often figurative and inspired by 1920s and 1930s…

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Et tu, Brute?

Posted by Published on May 31, 2017

Feeling stabbed in the back by politics? Villain or revolutionary, some of history’s most colourful characters had two faces. Often appearing next to the most powerful players of all time, traitors and acts of treason can alter the course of history for good or ill. Marcus Junius Brutus (85-42 B.C.) and Nelson Mandela (1918-present) were both considered traitors to their governments, but their bold actions helped to change the…

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Do you believe your personality is mapped out in the stars? Read below to check if your zodiac sign rings true and see which artist shares your temperament. First, some background info… Over the course of history every civilization from the Egyptians to the staunchly-Catholic Middle Ages considered astrology to be a legitimate scientific pursuit. Western astrology is believed to have been founded by Ptolemy,…

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Fossils and modern technology have helped us piece together what dinosaurs may have looked like, but if you learned everything about the prehistoric creatures from Hollywood, you might not know as much as you think. Here are some interesting facts brought to life via illustrations in the Bridgeman archive. Evolution Dinosaurs weren’t always the most fearsome reptiles on earth. The first dinosaurs evolved in the middle-late…

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To celebrate the arrival of spring we explore the fascinating history of flowers in art. Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts Surviving illustrated manuscripts provide a beautiful timeline of their aesthetic and decorative evolution. Motifs usually consisted of an illustration or flowers and arabesques. Flowers often carry a symbolic value and this symbolism developed as a way of teaching religious truths. Roses, for example, symbolized the blood of…

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Strong Women in History

Posted by Published on May 22, 2017

A pretty standard answer to the question “Which woman do you most admire?” tends to be “My mother”. Like others, I admire my mum enormously as I do my maternal grandmother, a single mum at the end of  WWII struggling to make ends meet. My mum went back to college once my sister and I were old enough to look after ourselves, and finally found…

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