Felicity's Pics

Bridgeman's Cataloguing Manager reveals her favourite images in the archive 

 
1. What is your role at Bridgeman?

As Cataloguing Manager, I am responsible for coordinating all the new material which comes into the archive. This could be additional submissions from existing suppliers or totally new content. I have to check the metadata, image size and quality and prep for the cataloguing team who will add keywords and additional information.

 
 
2. What do you love most about the job? 

I love that I look at pictures all day but dealing with the accompanying metadata allows me to learn about art collections, festivals, architecture, fashion and religious practices from around the world. I have found my job to be an invaluable tool when doing pub quizzes – there’s often a question about a saint’s attributes!

 
3. What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?
 
I don’t tend to deal with clients but whenever I tell people what I do, the usual response is ‘Oh, like Getty Images’. I explain that our content is not just stock photography but selected works from hundreds of museums, galleries and artists worldwide alongside fascinating cultural and historical photography and footage.

 

 

Felicity Page – Cataloguing Manager
Felicity Page – Cataloguing Manager

 

Felicity's favourite images in the archive are...

 

The funerary mask of Tutankhamun (c.1370-1352 BC), New Kingdom / Egyptian National Museum, Cairo, Egypt
The funerary mask of Tutankhamun (c.1370-1352 BC), New Kingdom / Egyptian National Museum, Cairo, Egypt

 

 


1. The funerary mask of Tutankhamun


I have always been a massive fan of Ancient Egypt, as a baby I was left with the security guards in the British Museum while my mother was working as a photographer’s assistant, and have had the fortune to visit Egypt several times and view this in the Cairo Museum. This mask would be stunning if it was made today but the fact that it is over 3000 years old amazes me
 

Really Oaxaca? Why?? This is an example of the more esoteric content we have, apparently this is one of the ‘most impressive vegetable festivals around the world’.

 

 

Night of the Radishes, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico (photo)
Night of the Radishes, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico (photo)

 

 

A Monkey, Dürer or Duerer, Albrecht (1471-1528) / Monasterio de El Escorial, El Escorial, Spain
A Monkey, Dürer or Duerer, Albrecht (1471-1528) / Monasterio de El Escorial, El Escorial, Spain

 

 


3. A Monkey by Albrecht Dürer

I love monkeys and Dürer so this beautiful watercolour from Monasterio de El Escorial ticks both boxes. The minute detail makes this extremely lifelike and demonstrates his skill which makes him one of the most important artists of the Northern Renaissance.


 
 
 

This is an etching commissioned for a portfolio, ‘Hommage à Pablo Picasso’, to celebrate his 90th birthday. It is a combination of ‘Las Meninas or The Family of Philip IV’ by Diego Velazquez in the various graphic styles used by Picasso throughout his career. I think it’s clever and fun.

 

Picasso's Meninas, Hamilton, Richard (1922-2011) / Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA / Gift of John Russel
Picasso's Meninas, Hamilton, Richard (1922-2011) / Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA / Gift of John Russel

 

 

Richard II Presented to the Virgin and Child by his Patron Saint John the Baptist and Saints Edward and Edmund, Master of the Wilton Diptych, (fl.c.1395-99) / National Gallery, London, UK
Richard II Presented to the Virgin and Child by his Patron Saint John the Baptist and Saints Edward and Edmund, Master of the Wilton Diptych, (fl.c.1395-99) / National Gallery, London, UK

 



5. The Wilton Diptych

 

This portable altarpiece depicts Richard II being presented by three saints to the Virgin and Child and a company of eleven angels. Nearest to Richard is his patron saint John the Baptist and behind are St. Edward the Confessor and St. Edmund.  I love the vivid colours and the intricate details, like the ring held by Edward the Confessor. I also like the slightly stroppy angel with her arms crossed behind Mary. Was she fed up with her angelic duties?

 
 
 

Or a montage of crazy people. Looking at some of these aircraft makes me stunned that anyone would ever get in one of them and also makes economy seem luxurious.

 

Montage of early flight, pioneers and aircraft / Buff Film & Video Library
Montage of early flight, pioneers and aircraft / Buff Film & Video Library

 

 

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