Bridgeman on TV

Secrets of the Arabian Nights, 2011

Actor Richard E Grant re-opens one of his favourite children's books, The 1001 Arabian Nights, to explore its extraordinary impact on Western culture.

An ancient text that is key to our understanding of Arab culture and still on the bestseller list 300 years after it was brought to the attention of the West.

Quickfire Media. Coming soon to BBC 2

See Bridgeman images used in Secrets of the Arabian Nights

 

Leila, 1892, Sir Frank Dicksee (1853-1928) / Private Collection / Photo © The Fine Art Society, London, UK
Leila, 1892, Sir Frank Dicksee (1853-1928) / Private Collection / Photo © The Fine Art Society, London, UK

 

 

Detail of a window glass depicting Noah's Arch, early 17th century/ St. Etienne du Mont, Paris, France / © Clement Guillaume
Detail of a window glass depicting Noah's Arch, early 17th century/ St. Etienne du Mont, Paris, France / © Clement Guillaume

 

The Bible: A History, 2010

‘The Bible: A History’ tells the story of the most influential book ever written: the historical origins of the Creation story, the promise of a homeland for the Jewish people and the life of Jesus Christ, before culminating in a terrifying vision of the end of the world.

Pioneer Productions for Channel 4

Over 70 images from the Bridgeman archive were used for this series

The Art of Germany, 2010

Three-part series for BBC 2 in which Andrew Graham-Dixon explores German art, examining the country's unique national style and 500-year cultural legacy. 

The German Renaissance had a more notable Gothic visual style than the rest of Europe.  One of the greatest religious artists in Germany was Matthias Grunewald who produced the intensly expressive The Isenheim Altarpiece (1510-15) . 

Other German artists featured in this series include the 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter Caspar David Friedrich and the German Expressionists of the 20th century, Franz Marc and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

See all Bridgeman images used in The Art of Germany

 

Berlin Street Scene, 1913 by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) / Neue Galerie, New York, USA
Berlin Street Scene, 1913 by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) / Neue Galerie, New York, USA

 

 

"Making Decent", cartoon showing William Wilberforce (1759-1833) covering up the statue of Achilles at Hyde Park Corner, by Richard Westmacott (1775-1856)

 

Ian Hislop's Age of the Do-Gooders, 2010

Ian Hislop examines the dramatic cultural revolution that Britain underwent in the 19th Century focusing on influential Victorian reformers such as William Wilberforce (1759-1833).

Images from the Bridgeman archive include factory children and satirical cartoons regarding the abolition of the slave trade. 

Wingspan for BBC2

See all Bridgeman images used in the Do-Gooders  

The Genius of British Art, 2010

The history of British art is the story of Britain. For centuries, artists have reflected our times and shaped the way we see ourselves. This series presents six passionate polemics on how British art makes us who we are today and gives us a vision of ourselves.

Images from Bridgeman include royal portraiture, war ravaged landscapes, Hogarth pictorial satire and Francis Bacon.

Oxford Film & Television for Channel 4

See all images used in the Genius of British Art series

 

Portrait of Edward VI as a child, c.1538 Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543) / National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Portrait of Edward VI as a child, c.1538 Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543) / National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

 


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