Tag: season

Colours of autumn: paintings of the season

Posted by Published on August 28, 2018

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus Across much of the world, autumn or fall is the most beautiful time of the year with trees glistening with gold, red, yellow and orange. The turning of the season has captivated artists for centuries with many painters also using it as an opportunity to  contemplate the themes of change and decay. Below…

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To celebrate the arrival of spring we explore the fascinating history of flowers in art. Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts Surviving illustrated manuscripts provide a beautiful timeline of their aesthetic and decorative evolution. Motifs usually consisted of an illustration or flowers and arabesques. Flowers often carry a symbolic value and this symbolism developed as a way of teaching religious truths. Roses, for example, symbolized the blood of…

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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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“I am fascinated by the movement of people in New York and it’s that flux of energy that I paint about.”   Celebrated artist Bill Jacklin RA is the subject of shows at the Marlborough Fine Art : Bill Jacklin: Paintings from 1986 to 2016  (8 February 2017- 4 March 2017)   In 1985, Jacklin moved to Manhattan and found his muse in the subject…

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Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ Robin Williams Spring has finally sprung and the first signs of blossom are showing on trees. What better time to examine the best paintings of the season in the history of art. Primavera, c.1478 by Sandro Botticelli Botticelli’s famous painting celebrates the arrival of spring and is filled with mythological symbolism. It was one of the first…

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Beautiful Bodies

Posted by Published on January 19, 2017

From voluptuous curves to corseted waists, the female body has been celebrated in all shapes and sizes.   January is traditionally considered the time to kick-start diet and fitness regimes to achieve body beautiful. In an age of fad diets, de-toxing and body obsession, one has to wonder where this fixation with the ‘perfect’ female physique was born. The female figure has been a central object…

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The Ploughman Poet: Robert Burns

Posted by Published on January 1, 2017

Raise a toast to Scotland’s favourite son this Burns Night (25 January) Robert Burns was born into a farming family at Alloway in Ayrshire in 1759 and died in Dumfries at the early age of 37. Yet in that short time his lifestyle of wine, women and song made him famous, becoming the emblematic figure of Scottish cultural history. On the anniversary of his birth, Scots both at…

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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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8 Sure Signs Winter is Here

Posted by Published on November 25, 2016

There’s no denying the freezing cold weather now; as temperatures continue to plummet across North America and most of Europe, it can only mean one thing… Winter is most definitely here! Officially, the meteorological winter begins on the 1st of December, while the astronomical winter will start this year on the 21st of December, at 11:48pm EST. To prepare yourself for the season, here are…

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Jungle Fever: Design Trends For 2016

Posted by Published on December 1, 2015

I thought it would be interesting to look at the big cultural happenings of the year using the Bridgeman archive as a visual guide, to see how they might inspire the design of future on-trend products. Monkey Magic The Year of the Monkey began on 8th of February 2016  according to the Chinese Zodiac. Curious, mischievous, and clever, this practical joker is a great addition to any…

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