An interview with Jenny Page: Partnership with the De Agostini Picture Library.

Stamp commemorating the 1948 London Olympics
Stamp commemorating the 1948 London Olympics

Jenny Page. Bridgeman's Picture Research Manager.
Jenny Page. Bridgeman's Picture Research Manager.

Jenny, how on earth did you get started with selecting images for Bridgeman from De Agostini's vast picture library?

I have a remit to fill in the gaps in the Bridgeman archive, yet at the same time complement our existing specialism of art, culture and history images.  We are best known for our wonderful collection of fine art images and therefore I have focused on selecting photography of people, places, archaeology and monuments of historical and cultural interest.

I also need to address the needs of an increasingly global client base and listen to the feedback from our sales teams and network of international agents. One example is the addition of images of modern architecture in South America following demand from our New York office.  Another important consideration is that images are easy to clear, making the image licensing process much smoother for clients.

 

"We are best known for our fine art images... focussed on selecting photography of people, places, archaeology and monuments of historical and cultural interest."

The ANZAC Plaque on the Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey
The ANZAC Plaque on the Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey

Did you have a particular audience in mind when selecting images?

The majority of search requests come from our publishing clients, especially educational publications and magazines.      

Do you have any examples of how you have been able to respond to specific client requests?

Yes, there are many examples. I was able to source an image of a coin of Pope Innocent XI within an hour for History Today. I usually need at least twenty-four hours to source images and have them downloaded and catalogued. I have found photos of Lake Eyre in Australia for a New Zealand client; photos of the ANZAC plaque in Gallipoli for an Australian client and frescoes from the Catacombs of Priscilla for a Finnish client. 

Silver coin depicting Pope Innocent XI, 1684
Silver coin depicting Pope Innocent XI, 1684

Artist’s impression of 'The Hanging Gardens of Babylon' Italian School, (20th century)
Artist’s impression of 'The Hanging Gardens of Babylon' Italian School, (20th century)

Which images from this archive have particularly caught your eye?

The most important collection of images that we can access through De Agostini, in my opinion, is the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, a treasure trove of images including the Leonardo de Vinci 'Codex' as well as many manuscripts and drawing from Renaissance Italy and Europe. 

Other great images I have sourced for the Bridgeman archive include reconstructions of archaeological sites, wonderful photographs of Ethiopians celebrating the Timkat festival,  cave paintings in the Sahara desert and rock drawings from Kakadu National Park. 

And lastly, can you remember your first ever search at Bridgeman?  

That is going back. In 1992 I was asked to search images for a book about the Kama Sutra and last month I had the same research request. Some subjects never lose their appeal!

Bridgeman’s Research Service

Jenny chooses new material for the library from collection partners including Chatsworth House, The Royal Collection and Te Papa Art Gallery in Wellington. For general research assistance, or if you need help finding a specific image from the De Agostini Picture Library, please email requests in the first instance to sales@bridgemanart.co.uk.

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