Molly's Pics and Clips


What is your role at Bridgeman Images?

I work on Bridgeman Education – Bridgeman Education provides students and educators with access to art, historical and cultural images. Visual resources are such an important part of education and so all the images have been pre-cleared, so the images can be used with confidence for any educational purposes!


What do I love most about my job?

Working with different people every day and seeing the vast range of projects that Bridgeman’s images and footage are used on - it’s even better when you get to see the pictures or clips in action.


What misconceptions do people have about the archive? 

The breadth and depth of the archive! For example, with Bridgeman Education, we have a strong coverage of fine art, but we also cover subjects you might not expect, from 15th century inventions to ancient anatomy to fashion. And it’s being added to constantly - Bridgeman Education recently went over 2.5 million images!


St. Matthew and the Angel, 1602 (panel), Michelangelo Merisi da
Caravaggio (1571-1610) / San Luigi
dei Francesi, Rome, Italy /
Photo © Raffaello Bencini / Bridgeman Images

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio , St. Matthew and the Angel

I saw this in Rome last year - it was great to see the painting within the chapel rather than in a museum, and observe how it relates to the space around it. I think Matthew looks shocked rather than inspired at being disturbed by the angel.



Head of a Young Woman; Tete de Jeune Fille, (pen and black ink on paper),
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images
/ Bridgeman Images

Henri Matisse, Tete de Jeune Fille (Head of a Young Woman)

The sketches and cut outs are my favourites of Matisse’s work. I think it's the simplicity that makes them so appealing and calming to look at.



Michael Curtiz directs Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in 
Casablanca, 1942. / Bridgeman Images

Filming the final scene of Casablanca

There is so much fascinating photography in the archive - from film stills to war imagery. This is one of my favourite films, so I love this behind the scenes photo. This final scene is one of the best for many reasons – but mainly because they’ve thrown in as much artificial fog as possible to cover the fact they were actually using a cardboard plane!



Trotsky arrives in Mexico with wife. With painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. January 1937.
/ Film Images / Bridgeman Images

Footage of the Leon Trotsky and his wife visiting Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico, 1937

I chose this clip purely for the very short section of Frida Kahlo. Footage really brings a subject to life and often shows you aspects that you may not have picked up on before. Although an instantly recognisable figure, Frida Kahlo’s portraits often lean towards the abstract and surreal and so I like this casual shot of her standing in her garden and chatting.



A Lion licking the foot of Daniel (marble) - detail, Gian Lorenzo Bernini 
(1598-1680) / Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome, Italy / Bridgeman Images

A Lion Licking the foot of Daniel, Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Lots of these sculptures have little quirks that are fun to find – for example I like this lion licking an unsuspecting foot.



Poppy and Delphinium, 1998 (gouache on paper), Sarah Gillard  /
Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Poppy and Delphinium, 1998, by Sarah Gillard

I chose this Sarah Gillard picture because I love the colours – it’s just bright and beautiful!




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