Tag: Religion

Religion on Film through history

Posted by Published on May 17, 2019

“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.” — Buddha The world’s religions each follow a specific set of rules as defined in their historic texts. Discover our world of Religious footage, from ceremonies to celebrations, religious sculptures to art. Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and a selection of other popular religions are well-represented in the archive. If you need some inspiration for footage of buildings, artwork or people,…

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Middle Eastern art is rising to prominence in recent times; Christie’s just held their first auction sale for Modern Middle Eastern art outside of the region on 25 October 2017, in London. This precedes the much-anticipated opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which was first announced back in 2005 and will now finally launch on 11 November. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel has designed a beautiful museum medina…

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“If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god” Napoleon Bonaparte   Today marks the Northern Hemisphere’s Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. What is the Summer Solstice? ‘Solstice’ comes from the Latin, ‘solstitium’ which means the stopping or standing still of the sun.  The summer solstice occurs when the sun is at its…

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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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Top 10 Weird and Wonderful Easter Traditions

Posted by Published on March 28, 2017

With Easter fast approaching, Christians around the world will soon commemorate the resurrection of Christ. But not all Easter traditions are founded in religion. Take a look at our top 10 Easter traditions from around the world.   Finland Easter traditions in Finland see children dirty their faces and beg whilst wearing scarves and carrying broomsticks – looking something like a Victorian chimney sweep! In some…

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Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Posted by Published on January 25, 2017

  14th February: the day the world celebrates love. Whilst some look forward to all things red and heart-shaped on Valentine’s Day, some dread this commercialised holiday of love.  Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no escaping the shops filled with Valentine’s cards, the florists with the single red roses or those adverts for expensive jewellery and chocolates. Regardless of the money spent, Valentine’s Day…

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Top 10 Historical Anniversaries: 2017

Posted by Published on January 5, 2017

  January: the month of resolutions and good intentions. Whether it’s for work or leisure, the New Year brings a desire to self-improve but often without the know-how to do so.  Do you need to enhance your creativity or develop new ideas?  To help you get the creative juices flowing, why not draw your inspiration from the past?  The Bridgeman archive has a range of…

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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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This autumn the V&A will present a series of exhibitions and events that will delve into the rich and varied culture of South Asia, past and present. The India Festival marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery, which displays some of the most important objects from the V&A’s South Asian art collection produced between the 16 – 19th centuries. The V&A’s programme…

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Biblical masterpieces reimagined

Posted by Published on July 19, 2014

And then there was art: For over two millennia, religious stories have been reinterpreted by artists and storytellers across all creative mediums. Since the very successful ‘Passion of Christ’ directed by Mel Gibson, Hollywood has sought to cash in and find other biblical themes and this year’s new instalment is Risen, released in time for Holy Week, imagines what happened after Jesus’ dramatic tomb exit. Inspired by the resurrection…

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