Staff Pics: Olivia Stannard

From colorful frescoes to postmodern geniuses at work, discover Bridgeman Studio assistant Olivia Stannard's top pics and clips.


Olivia has been assisting the Studio team


1. What is your role at Bridgeman Images?

I’ve been interning within Bridgeman Studio for the past three months, cataloguing all the works of our Studio artists!


2. What do you love most about the job?

I love getting to see what new, young artists are producing! Bridgeman Studio has its finger on the pulse, constantly trying to find new artists and contemporary work.


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

I think people see it as a historical collection of Old Masters, but the archive is definitely more than welcoming to up-and-coming artists! Bridgeman Studio certainly doesn’t shy away from current trends in the art world with a keen eye on the latest changes and artistic trends.


Yi Xiao Chen, Untitled Portrait, 2017, (digital) 


Untitled Portrait, 2017, (digital), Yi Xiao Chen / Private Collection


I love this work by Studio artist Yi Xiao Chen. In all her works she uses cool tones, a clean aesthetic and minimal palette. It’s bold, sharp, and stylish - I’d recommend checking out the artist’s other images; as a series it works wonderfully!


Ladies of the Minoan Court, from the Palace of Knossos, Minoan, c.1500 BC (fresco painting)


Ladies of the Minoan Court, from the Palace of Knossos, Minoan, c.1500 BC (fresco painting)
/ Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete, Greece / Ancient Art and Architecture Collection Ltd.


The 'Ladies in Blue' fresco was reconstructed by Émile Gilliéron, a 19th century archaeologists and draftsman. Whilst the accuracy of the recreation is debatable, I still love this iconic image of Bronze Age Greek painting. The image feels contemporary, showing that good design is timeless.


The Bean Eater, 1584 (oil on canvas)


The Bean Eater, 1584 (oil on canvas), Annibale Carracci (1560-1609)
/ Galleria Colonna, Rome, Italy / © Mondadori Electa


I love this image for so many reasons - mainly because the artist is Bolognese, and it’s now held in the Galleria Colonna in Rome, two cities in which I’ve lived! I love how domestic and ordinary the scene is - a far cry from Carracci’s work in Palazzo Farnese. This is an important document of social and food history, but it also looks a lot like the meals I ate as uni student few years ago!


Marino Marini in his studio, c.1955 (b/w photo)


Marino Marini in his studio, c.1955 (b/w photo), Fedele Toscani (1909-83)
/ Private Collection / Alinari


This photograph features one of my favourite Italian artists of the 20th century. Marino Marini made art inspired by ancient Etruscan themes, but his sculpture was also despairing. The span of his work mirrors the destruction and tragedy experienced during the mid-century. This photograph is an intimate shot of the artist in reflection, and it aptly expresses the tone of his sculptural work.


Faces, (watercolour, black chalk and pencil on paper laid down on board)


Faces, (watercolour, black chalk and pencil on paper laid down on board),
Francis Picabia (1879-1953) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images


I love this drawing by Picabia, because the more you look the more you see. The superimposed layers are dreamy and surreal but its simplicity of line reminds of classical sculpture. I love how modernity meets classicism when figures are overlaid onto the page.



Sheffield Buffer Girls, 1919-20 (oil on canvas)


Sheffield Buffer Girls, 1919-20 (oil on canvas), William Rothenstein (1872-1945)
/ Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust, UK / Photo © Museums Sheffield


This is an important image of working class women in post-war Britain. I love how unbothered they are! Maggie Herrick (right) and Jane Gill (left) are totally indifferent to being the subject of a painting. They’re not coy or self-conscious which is often the case for representations of women - instead the viewer’s gaze has no effect on them. It reminds you to crack on and not worry about what other people think - these girls couldn’t care less!




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