Tag: women

Did you know that Botticelli’s ethereal faces were said to be of one woman, the beautiful Simonetta Vespucci? We explore the women who inspired art history’s greatest masterpieces.   “O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.” – William Shakespeare, Henry V.   Botticelli’s La Bella Simonetta The ultimate muse, this young beauty charmed Florentine society. Although she died…

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Women’s Roles during World War I

Posted by Published on February 24, 2017

To commemorate the part women played in the ‘Great War’, we bring you images and footage from the Bridgeman archive. Women at their workplaces Before the outbreak of WWI, the role of women mainly involved looking after their households and fulfilling domestic chores. With their husbands leaving for the front, many new job opportunities arose. Women started to work as military caregivers, nurses or took…

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Let’s honour the female movers and shakers in the world; the inspirational women who made their mark and led society closer to realising that the view of a male dominated world is an outdated one. From the pioneers of science and medicine to the social and political influencers, here’s my pick of some of the first women to accomplish various feats of greatness:   690: First (and…

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Mucha: The Allure of the Poster

Posted by Published on February 19, 2017

Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) made his name in fin de siècle Paris,  where he shot to fame after designing the first masterpiece of Art Nouveau poster design for the actress Sarah Bernhardt – so popular that the posters were stolen off the streets by the enchanted public. Mucha believed passionately that art was an essential benefit to humanity and that it should be seen…

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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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Gustav Klimt: 100 years

Posted by Published on January 20, 2017

  In today’s art community, Austrian painter Gustav Klimt‘s stunningly sumptuous images are consistently a popular favourite; his glimmering world of opulence and eroticism is irresistible. An artist far ahead of his time, he is remembered as one of the greatest decorative painters of the twentieth century, with one of art history’s most significant bodies of erotic art. Explore the artist’s influences and distinctive styles ahead of…

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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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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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8 May 1945 was Victory in Europe (VE) Day, and it marked the formal conclusion of Hitler’s war. Celebrations erupted throughout the world, captured by newsreel footage and photographers. The final document of unconditional surrender was signed at General Dwight Eisenhower’s headquarters in Reims on 7 May. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and King George VI wanted Monday 7 May to be VE Day, but in…

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Exposing the History of Underwear

Posted by Published on April 6, 2016

There’s a pants party and you’re invited; the V&A’s much-anticipated exhibition Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear will be revealing all to the public from the 16th April. It will examine the practicalities of various underwear models from the 18th century to the present day and their sexual appeal in fashion, as well as highlighting the occasional controversy sparked in regards to body image, gender and…

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