Silvija's Pics

From Pre-Raphaelite art to Bauhaus photography, here are our Bridgeman Education UK Account Executive's​ favourites from the archive​​

 

What is your role at Bridgeman?

My role is to help students and lecturers across a variety of disciplines to make the best use of Bridgeman Education, online platform with over 1.3 million images from its Bridgeman collection. I oversee universities, schools and libraries in the United Kingdom, continental Europe and Asian countries such as Taiwan, Japan and China. My work involves many activities from business development to preparation of marketing materials. I am particularly interested in visiting clients personally to introduce our image resource, learn about how they use it in learning process and understand better their needs.

 

What do you love most about the job?

Making the history of art, culture and history useful in new contemporary contexts! I am keen to see new products being created using images with meaningful historical content. That’s a great way to encourage learning about our past though the book covers, advertisements or notebooks. In the educational sphere I like to see art images being used not only for specialized courses but also to illustrate concepts with empathy stemming from historical sources. Finally, I like being part of a great and very motivated international team whom I hear speaking so many languages, from French, Italian and Spanish to Japanese. 

 
What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?

I wish they knew more about the fascinating history of Bridgeman Images archive which has evolved over the last 45 years. That’s also the subject that I am willing to learn more about. The Bridgeman archive grew as more and more collection owners were invited to contribute, including many lesser known private collectors and museums who store wonderful image archives in their drawers. That means Bridgeman offers not only a great variety of well-known works but also very rare and hard to find images. It’s enough for you to suggest a few keywords and our image researchers can look through all these carefully selected collections to find something special for you!

 

Silvija Aurylaite, Bridgeman Education UK Account Manager

 

Imperial Anthology, Kokinshu, Momoyama or Edo period (ink, gold, silver & mica on paper), Hon'ami Koetsu (1558-1637) & Tawaraya Sotatsu (fl.1600-40) / Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, USA / Gift of Charles Lang Freer

 

 

Suibokuga - Japanese Ink Painting​

I adore the use of colour, gold and silver, and the treatment of space covered by light touches of ink on paper. This handscroll, dating from the 17th century, features calligraphic very vivid birds which are about to fly. All the nuances are achieved through variations in brush techniques and shadings of ink. As a technique, suibokuga, monochrome ink painting, was brought to Japan in the mid-14th century by Zen Buddhist monks. This particular collaborative work, which brings a fresh approach to painting in the period, is by calligrapher Hon'ami Kōetsu and the painter Tawaraya Sōtatsu.

Pre-Raphaelites - Portrait of a Girl ​

Sophie was the artist John Everett Millais' sister-in-law, and a muse often featured in his works in the 1850s. A teenage girl here is depicted as a stunningly beautiful sensual lady on a brink of womanhood. Her eye sight is direct, self-confident and confrontational, which makes her stand out among portraits of Victorian times. John was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, who reintroduced abundant detail and intense colours resembling Quattrocento Italian art.
 
Portrait of a Girl, 1857 (oil on paper laid over panel), John Everett Millais (1829-96) / Private Collection / Photo © Peter Nahum at The Leicester Galleries, London

 

 

Bootsteg von oben, 1930 (gelatin silver print), Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) / Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA / Gift of Manfred Heiting, The Manfred Heiting Collection

 

 

 

Constructivism photography - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy 

Moholy-Nagy, leading figure of the Bauhaus, believed that photography could help to see the outside world in the way the human eye can’t - reveal unknown aspects of reality. With a camera in hand, he dismissed classical training about art and engaged in experimentation with vision. Ultimately he was interested in how such qualities as space, time, and light interact. You can see how masterfully he ‘designs’ architecture and people in his photography to create unfamiliar visual experience. 
 

Drawings - Codex Atlanticus 

One sheet from its extraordinary collection, Codex Atlanticus by the artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci. Codex Atlanticus included drawings of astronomy and anatomy, inventions of parachutes, hydraulic pumps and war machines, design of diving suits, aircrafts and machines able to descend to the bottom of the sea as well as studies of mechanics and sculpture. It is incredible we have his ‘lines of thought’ still with us. I agree with art historian Bernard Berenson that "nothing that he touched but turned into a thing of eternal beauty”.

 

Studies of geometry, clouds, plants, engineering, c.1490 (pen & ink on paper), Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) / Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2017 

 

 

Eye enclosing the theatre at Besancon, France, 1847 (engraving), Claude Nicolas Ledoux (1736-1806) / Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France / Archives Charmet 

 

 

Architect’s Vision - Theatre of Besançon 

In the eye you see a reflection of a theatre of Besançon, where architect Claude-Nicolas Ledoux wanted to revolutionalise the interior of a venue for public entertainment. In his design for a French province he proposed a seating plan that does not follow a strict hierarchy of the classes but allows space for more egalitarian social entertainment. If the interior was set to architecturally embody the reform in society, it was enclosed under a dormant exterior - a Palladian cube with a neoclassical portico.
 

A Little Boy Climbs a Tree in Vilnius​

In the important years for Lithuania, striving to restore its independence, this excerpt is devoid of political character but opts instead to follow the moments of life of a passerby - a boy climbing a tree in Vilnius Cathedral square.

A little boy climbs a tree, Vilnius, 1990 / Film Images

 

 


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