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Upbeat and High Tempo: The Jazz Age

Posted by Published on May 25, 2017

The Jazz Age was a post-WWI movement in the 1920s from which jazz music, dance and a new joie de vivre emerged. Often referred to in conjunction with the Roaring Twenties, this golden decade opened doors for equality, sexuality and liberation until it ended with the onset of the Great Depression in 1929.   Dancing pair with woman in orange from Le Tumulte Noir (detail), pub….

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What the Dickens?

Posted by Published on May 24, 2017

Illustrator Joseph Clayton Clarke ‘Kyd’ brings many of Charles Dickens’ iconic characters to life  Mr. Micawber ‘David Copperfield’ is the eighth serialised novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1850. Many elements within the novel follow events in Dickens’ own life, and it is probably the most autobiographical of all of his novels. The debt-ridden Micawber acts as a feckless yet charming mentor to the young David Copperfield,…

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Halloween: Costume inspiration

Posted by Published on October 30, 2016

  What are you planning to dress up as this Halloween? A ghost? A pirate? A witch? How unoriginal. Here are some ideas from the movies and beyond.   Day of the Dead The opening scene of  the new Bond movie is set in Mexico on the Day of the Dead, and whose timely, late-October release may have contributed to an increased interest in traditional…

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Shakespeare in Art

Posted by Published on March 30, 2016

‘Beginning in the middle, starting thence away. To what may be digested in a play.’ * In 2016 the world is commemorating 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. For centuries artists have reinterpreted and brought to life the acts, characters and scenes in Shakespeare’s plays, reaching zenith proportions during the Romantic Movement. Their paintings range from tragic visions by Fuseli to vivid evocations of…

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10 orphans from literature

Posted by Published on February 9, 2016

The exhibition ‘Drawing on Childhood‘ is currently on display at The Foundling Museum and encompasses the work of key illustrators from the 18th century to the present day, depicting images of fictional characters who are orphaned, adopted, fostered or found. A long time favourite theme in European folklore and fiction these orphaned children find themselves without any parental guidance and are therefore able to carve…

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In the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winning novel How To Be Both, the intertwined stories of a 15th-century painter and a 21st-century teenager illuminate questions of art, identity, and immortality. The expansive nature of Ali Smith’s novel is highlighted by the interesting juxtaposition of the cover photograph of 60’s singers Sylvie Vartan and Francoise Hardy and the Renaissance frescoes used on the inside cover depicting figures from Palazzo Schifanoia.  Here’s…

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Famous Cats from Literature

Posted by Published on May 5, 2015

While we celebrate our animals every day of the year, unfortunately National Pet Month (01 April – 04 May) has come to a close. You may have read our previous post on the 10 Reasons Why We Love Dogs, well now it’s time to celebrate our feline friends. Artists have often looked to cats for artistic inspiration. As docile creatures, they make for great sitters…

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Making Of: Book Cover Art 2014

Posted by Published on February 1, 2015

Highlighting how images licensed from the Bridgeman archive were transformed by designers into book covers in 2014. Every image tells a story.     England’s Emblem, 1907 (earthenware with blue glaze) by Walter Crane (1845-1915) / Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, USA / Bridgeman Images © Allen Lane A still life with glass of wine, tazza and a pewter plate by Hans van Sant (C.17th) / Johnny Van…

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Literary Blind Dates from Hell

Posted by Published on January 26, 2015

Instead of running through a list of the most beloved couples in literary history, this Valentine’s Day we decided to create a ‘what if’ list of potentially awful blind dates utilizing some of those same characters.   Romeo & Scarlett O’Hara Romeo, the eternal romantic, and the fickle, tempestuous Scarlett would be a mismatch of epic proportions. Scarlett will live to love again and again…

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Highlighting how images licensed from the Bridgeman archive were transformed into our favourite book covers of 2013. Which is your favourite?             Learn More To find out more about image licensing and using our images for your creative projects, contact us on uksales@bridgemanimages.com      

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