Tag: Italy

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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Passion, Pain, Pleasure: Il Palio

Posted by Published on May 30, 2017

Every July 2 and August 16 an event takes place in the Tuscan city of Siena that is not for the fainthearted. Held in honour of the Madonna, Il Palio is a bareback horse race that in its colour and excitement continues to illustrate its medieval origins.   A Festa in the Campo del Campo, Siena, 1597 (oil on canvas), Rustici, Vincenzo (1556-1632) / Private Collection…

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Da Vinci: Fact or Fiction?

Posted by Published on May 23, 2017

We’ve assembled our Top Ten Favourite Fascinating Facts about the man behind the Mona Lisa’s smile. Can you identify which of these ‘facts’ might be fiction… 1.)    As well as being an accomplished artist, Leonardo can also be described as an architect, engineer, mathematician and philosopher. Leonardo left fewer than 30 paintings, several of which are incomplete, along with hundreds of drawings, sketches, and…

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Spend a Night with The Godfather

Posted by Published on December 4, 2015

“Italians have a little joke, that the world is so hard a man must have two fathers to look after him, and that’s why they have godfathers.” ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather It’s the beginning of Winter which means two things: 1. It’s cold 2. It’s the perfect time to cuddle up and get down with one of the greatest movies of all time: The Godfather….

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I have been in love for a long time now with a man more than 500 years my senior, literally a Renaissance man!  As Berlin is gearing up to welcome him with an exhibition in the late summer I have decided to pay a little homage to him with a look in the Bridgeman archive – I am talking of course about Sandro Botticelli. As…

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The first woman artist: Lavinia Fontana

Posted by Published on July 29, 2014

Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) was an Italian painter of the Mannerist school and one of the most important portraitists in Bologna during the late 16th century. August 2014 will mark 400 years since her death so it seems timely to examine her paintings and life as a female artist in the Renaissance period. She was remarkable in being one of the first women to execute large,…

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