Daria's Pics

From the score cover of Falla's El Amor Brujo, to a costume design for The Magic Flute's Queen of the Night, our Account Manager and Lebrecht specialist's selection has a distinctly musical flavour. Daria joins us from Lebrecht, the world's biggest image archive of music related material. She runs through some of her favourite images from the Lebrecht archive.



1. What is your role at Bridgeman?

I have just joined the Bridgeman sales team from the Lebrecht collection, which was recently acquired by Bridgeman. In my job, I help clients track down and license images for all kinds of different projects.


2. What do you love most about the job?

Working with clients on a wide variety of projects means you are always discovering new things, and you learn about something different every day. It's also really satisfying seeing all the different ways the images are used.


3. What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?

People think of Bridgeman as a fine art library, but the collection includes so much more - including a huge amount of performing arts material from the recently acquired Lebrecht archives! I'm really looking forward to getting to know all the fantastic images that Bridgeman has to offer.


Daria Wallace, Account Executive



Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) - El Amor Brujo Score cover by Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962). Gontcharova / Photo: Lebrecht Music & Arts





Manuel de Falla's El Amor Brujo

There are a lot of score covers in the Lebrecht archive, and this is one of my favourites. I love the bold, monochrome illustration style, and Falla's El Amor Brujo is also a great piece of music. The image really captures some of the drama of the piece. 




Costume design by Emanuele Luzzati for The Magic Flute

My parents had a VHS recording of a production of The Magic Flute which I was completely mesmerised by as a child, particularly the bird catchers and the magnificent Queen of the Night. This costume design by Emanuele Luzzati for a Glyndebourne production of the opera is really striking and beautiful.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 's 'The Magic Flute' - (Die Zauberflöte). Costume design for role of the Queen of the Night by Emanuele Luzzati from the Glyndebourne Festival Opera c.1964 / Photo: Lebrecht Music & Arts



18th century French caricature satirising the fashion for enormous wigs. 1785 / Photo: Lebrecht Music & Arts






18th Century hairstyles

I love these ladies and their comically enormous wigs. Impractical, but an impressive dedication to fashion.



Pfaffe Lamprecht's Alexanderlied

This is an illustration from Pfaffe Lamprecht's Alexanderlied, a 12th century epic poem recounting the life of Alexander the Great - with much fantastical embellishment. Here, Alexander does battle with six-handed monsters and giant, fanged pigs, but there's actually something adorable about these monsters with their friendly little smiles!

 Illustration to 12th century German epic poem, the Song of Alexander (Alexanderlied) by Pfaffen Lamprecht (Lamprecht der Pfaffe),  / Photo: Lebrecht Music & Arts




French Revolution Gardener of Spades / Cultivateur (valet) de piques. French playing card c. 1792 by J. Pinaut  / Photo: Lebrecht Music & Arts




Revolution era French playing cards

I love playing cards, especially ones with more unusual designs. This French playing card design is from the Revolution era, when kings, queens and jacks were replaced with more republican symbols, such as liberties and sages - or gardeners, as in this case. It's a lovely design, and also a really interesting historical detail.




Caricature by Melchiorre Delfico

There's something about this caricature by Melchiorre Delfico of Verdi and his little dog Lulu that makes me smile - maybe it's the combination of Verdi's mournful expression with his dog's more matter of fact one. It's a little more whimsical than the usual composer portrait, and I'll always love a picture with a cute dog!



Caricature of Verdi, seated on a chaise-longue. With his pet dog Lulu. Italian composer (1813-1901) / Photo: Lebrecht Music & Arts





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