Jacobs's Pics

From a 16th century Bronzino painting to 19th-century footage of a busy San Francisco baths, we take a look at some of Junior Account Manager Jacob's favorite stills and footage from the Bridgeman Images archive.



What is your role at Bridgeman?

I am the junior account manager in the New York office for scholarly, academic, and university press clients. I’m involved in image research and rights clearing for forthcoming academic books and scholarly publications in North and South America. I also work with schools, students, and teachers who subscribe to our Bridgeman Education platform.


What do you love most about the job?

Firstly, the breadth of content I am able to explore on a daily basis is amazing. Since starting a few months ago, I have discovered a wide range of artists and work which explore themes and subject matter I was previously unfamiliar with. Secondly, working with scholars who are so passionate about what they do has been very rewarding. Whether I'm working on a forthcoming book about Medieval religion or queer desire, the enthusiasm and variety of the authors keep things exciting on a day-to-day basis.

What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?

The archive is much more heterogeneous than it is given credit for. In addition to the classical and fine art images we’re known for, we also have footage, modern and historic photography, film stills, and exciting contemporary art by Bridgeman-represented artists. The continued diversification of our content is also ensured by the fact that Bridgeman Images is constantly acquiring and representing new archives, collections, and artists.


Jacob Daugherty, Junior Account Manager



An Allegory with Venus and Cupid, c.1540-50 (oil on panel), Bronzino, Agnolo (1503-72) / National Gallery, London, UK



An Allegory with Venus and Cupid, by Agnolo Bronzin

This image has stayed with me ever since I first saw it at the National Gallery in London. I admire Bronzino’s work in a general sense, but there is something special about this work in particular. There are so many aspects of this painting that fascinate me: the cold and erotic relationship between the two main figures (Cupid and his mother Venus), the distortion of the bodies, and the mysterious secondary figures and masks to name a few. Beyond the confusing subject matter, I really appreciate the luminance of the figures’ skin and the brilliant treatment of the textiles throughout the work. The more you look at it, the more perplexing and interesting details you find.



Fifty Day of Iliam: Vengeance of Achilles, by Cy Twombly

I have always loved antiquity and mythology, and recently became particularly fascinated with the life and death of Achilles. This painting is from a series by Cy Twombly which was based on the final days of the Trojan War. I was impressed by how the artist was able to translate this ancient story into such an incredibly modern work. I also think it’s a wonderfully loose and expressionistic representation of Achilles’ vengeance after the death of his beloved Patroclus.



Fifty Days at Iliam: Vengeance of Achilles, 1978 (oil, oil crayon & graphite on canvas), Cy Twombly (1929-2011) / Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA, USA 


At the Opelbad swimming pool in the North of Wiesbaden, Germany 1930s (b/w photo) / United Archives/Lämmel 



At the Opelbad swimming pool in the North of Wiesbaden, Germany 1930s

Karl Heinrich Lämmel was a German photographer who was active in the early 1930s. I wasn’t aware of him before I came to Bridgeman Images, but since being here I have really grown to appreciate his work. Working in the years right before the rise of the Nazi regime, he paints a vivid picture of Germany during such a fascinating time in its history. It is difficult to pick a single Lämmel image, but for me, something about this one stood out. I also used to live in Wiesbaden, where the pool and the slide in the picture are still in use, so it is amazing to see the same location in such a different era. 



Bathing of the Red Horse, by Kuzma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin

I have always been fascinated by Russian culture. Since I studied art in school, this fascination has become centered on Russian art. Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin was working in the early 20th century, and his piece “Bathing of the Red Horse” was both an homage to Orthodox iconography and a symbol of the revolution that was to overtake Russia in the coming years. Outside of this, the colours of the work and the unusual composition make it such an exciting piece from a purely visual point of view.


Bathing of the Red Horse, 1912 (oil on canvas), Petrov-Vodkin, Kuzma Sergeevich (1878-1939) / Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia


Lurline and Sutro Baths, San Francisco, early Edison film, 1894 


Lurline and Sutro Baths, San Francisco, early Edison film, 1894 

This piece of footage is from 1894, making it a very early example of film. The pace and coloration of the film create a fun yet dangerous atmosphere that modern film is unable to capture. Perhaps it's the effects of modern-day health and safety, but for me, the sheer number of people racing down the slides is alarming, and somehow a happy scene manages to put me on edge. Whether or not it was actually fun to be there, the bathing suit styles to the setup of the bath itself add another element of interest from a 21st century viewpoint.

Whittington in winter, by Maggie Rowe 

This image is by Maggie Rowe, a contemporary artist Bridgeman Images represents. Winter is my favourite season and sheep are one of my favourite animals, so this one was an easy choice. 
I love the treatment of the snow in the image and how it contrasts so starkly with the dark trees and the exposed road. When I look at this image I imagine the sound of the hooves on the road, and that makes me happy.

Whittington in winter, Maggie Rowe (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection 





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