Tag: painting

Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II

Posted by Published on January 10, 2018

From the moment of her accession in February 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has been subjected to relentless visual scrutiny and has been one of the most depicted women in the world. Take a look at a selection of painted portraits of Her Majesty through the ages, from the 50s to the present day and discover how the artists have managed to capture her character and…

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Top Art Exhibitions: December 2017

Posted by Published on November 28, 2017

This month we highlight exhibitions in the UK, USA, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Finland. Stay out of the cold and visit these wonderful exhibitions happening around the world this month: In the Tower: Anne Truitt November 19, 2017 – April 1, 2018, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA   Minami Invitation Card (recto), 1967 (colour litho), Anne Truitt (1921-2004) / © annetruitt.org /…

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Stephen Finer first met David Bowie while they were both visiting a commercial exhibition on Cork Street. It was a casual encounter, but one that would lead to a collaboration between the two and a number of portraits of David Bowie. David Bowie was already an admirer of Finer’s work having seen a portrait the artist had done of Marlene Dietrich, while it was on…

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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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Hogarth: A Rake’s Progress

Posted by Published on May 30, 2017

Sex, Booze and Debauchery in 18th-Century London William Hogarth (1697-1764) grew up in the less than salubrious streets around Smithfield meat market in London.  The British artist knew the underbelly of the metropolis from an early age and created a series of paintings satirising contemporary customs. A Rake’s Progress (1733) tells the story of Tom Rakewell, a young man who follows a path of vice and self-destruction. The…

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Giddy Up! The Horse in Art

Posted by Published on May 30, 2017

The horse in Anglo-Saxon mythology is an extremely significant symbol. ‘Horsa’ – from which we derive the modern word ‘horse’ – was the semi-mythological leader of the Anglo-Saxons who landed near Ebbsfleet, on the Isle of Thanet in the 6th century and so the white horse became the symbol of Kent.  In ancient times these figures would be made by revealing the underlying chalk. There…

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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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Famous Kids, Part II – Royals and Politicians See how many you can guess and if you get stuck or want to make sure you have the correct answer simply click on the image. The quote above each image should give you a clue. Good luck and enjoy!  1   “The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.”…

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