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The Queen’s Art Collection

Posted by Published on March 8, 2017

The Royal Collection is the art collection of the British Royal Family and one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, spanning over 500 years of history. Discover stories behind some of the paintings that can be viewed in the royal palaces.   The Nubian Giraffe by Jacques-Laurent Agasse The giraffe in this painting was one of three giraffes given as gifts by…

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“Spring is when life’s alive in everything.” – Christina Rossetti The world wakes up again in the Spring; plants shoot and buds bloom, birds are chirping again and the air loses Winter’s icy chill. It’s the season of renewal, rebirth and rejuvenation, all of which are themes explored in artworks inspired by the period from throughout history. Explore Bridgeman’s pick of the most famous paintings…

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Sidney Nolan’s Burke & Wills series

Posted by Published on February 16, 2017

The late, great, Sir Sidney Nolan, one of Australia’s most prominent artists, marks several anniversaries in 2017.  This year sees both the centenary year of the artist’s birth and the 25th anniversary of his death.  To celebrate the life of the internationally acclaimed artist, immerse yourself in Nolan’s Australia, through the Nolan’s Burke & Wills series.   Burke & Wills Nolan’s inspiration came from a fateful expedition in 1860,…

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8 Reasons to HATE Valentine’s Day

Posted by Published on February 13, 2017

Here comes the overly commercialized, pressure-laden holiday we all love to hate. There are many reasons to dread the annual, bright-pink festival of sap so let’s commiserate!  If you are a woman… Reason #1: You can’t moan about it. If you are single, then people assume you are a spinster with two cats. If you are in a relationship, people assume you’ve hit a rough…

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Explore beautiful mountain imagery at John Mitchell Fine Paintings gallery in London Our sixteenth winter exhibition and accompanying catalogue of Alpine paintings, drawings and vintage photography from the 1850s to the present day is now open and will run until 3rd March. Peaks and Glaciers offers much topographical diversity but, as ever, opts for quality over any attempt to cover all the better known Alpine resorts…

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Top 10 Viking Facts You Must Know

Posted by Published on January 30, 2017

Let’s count down the top 10 facts about these 8th-12th century Scandinavians with images from our archive. 1. The origin of the word “Viking” is still unknown It is believed that “Viking” either originates from the Old Norse noun “vikingr”, meaning “pirate”, or verb “viking”, meaning “to go on a sea raid expedition” See more images of sea raids 2. The horned helmets… it’s a…

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Mary Fedden OBE RA (1915-2012)

Posted by Published on January 19, 2017

Look back at the celebrated British artist’s career and pick out a few observations on her style, technique and subject matter. Explore joyful, colourful works in the Bridgeman archive.  Mary Fedden (1915-2012) is described by some as ‘one of Britain’s finest and best-loved contemporary artists’[1]. Probably most well-known for her still-life’s, Fedden created an extensive body of work, painting daily well into her nineties from her…

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Dreaming of an austerity Christmas?

Posted by Published on November 30, 2016

Banish Bleak Houses and turn your thoughts to times past with 10 thrifty ways to have festive fun this Christmas. 1. Make your own mince pies The kitchen was a beehive of activity in the Victorian family home. The mass production of kitchen tools such as pastry cutters and biscuit tins during this century reflect the Victorian taste for baking. We know it’s easy to…

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Art to Soothe your Soul

Posted by Published on November 1, 2016

For #NationalStressAwarenessDay beat stress with a curated gallery of calming images. Throughout the ages philosophers have wrestled with the notion of art and beauty. From his periodic reference to mathematics in relation to beautiful objects it is often assumed that Aristotle believed there to be a certain order to beauty. In the Metaphysics he says that “the chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness.”…

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There is something incredibly intimate about looking into someone’s sketchbooks, a raw, naked exposure into the mind of an individual. This was the feeling that I had when I was invited to the National Portrait Gallery for a private viewing (and breakfast) at the Lucian Freud sketchbook exhibition, and I loved it.  Walking into the exhibition space it was nice to actually have some, space that is!…

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