Bridgeman Education 2020-2023 Agreement

  • Start: 1 Apr 2020
    Expiry: 31 Mar 2023
  • Description:

    Bridgeman Education is the online educational resource of the Bridgeman Art Library, offering subscribers unlimited access to an archive of over 2 million images of art, history and culture, all copyright cleared for educational use.

Product overview

Bridgeman Education offers users unlimited access to over two million high quality digital images, all copyright cleared for educational use by institutions, teachers, lecturers, librarians and students.

Images are sourced directly from leading museums, galleries, artists, photographers and private collections around the world. Bridgeman Art Library represents over 2,000 collections and more than 29,000 artists.

The comprehensive and varied range of imagery spans every historical period, movement and medium, providing valuable visual teaching and learning material on a wide range of subjects, including:

  • Fine Art, Design, Textiles, Fashion
  • History and History of Art
  • Architecture
  • Geography and The Natural World
  • Politics and Sociology
  • Antiquity and Archaeology
  • Literature, Theatre and Music
  • Science and Medicine
  • Religion and Philosophy

Content ranges from prehistory to present day and includes work by contemporary artists as well as over 60,000 modern works from the 20th and 21st centuries.

User benefits

  • Unlimited access to archive of over 1.3 million unique images
  • Download images and insert directly into PowerPoint, Word or VLEs
  • Use images in presentations, lectures, coursework and dissertations
  • Create, save and share unlimited slideshows
  • Crop and annotate your image selections within the slideshow
  • Zoom feature allows users to see fine details
  • Access Bridgeman Education's free app for iPhone with your account username and password
  • Pre-selected Search Indexes offer useful research categories

Media represented include images of paintings, sculpture, frescoes, mosaics, architecture, archaeology, objects, posters, clothing, furniture, ceramics, engravings, lithographs, prints, manuscripts, maps, landscapes and topography.

Free app

Bridgeman Education has developed an app for iPhone which can be used by all trial users and subscribers. View images and their metadata, create slideshows and save under a unique username for later retrieval from any computer. Log in with your account username and password to begin searching.

Publisher selection policy

The Bridgeman Education content has been, and will continue to be, selected to cover all aspects of social and cultural history and contemporary society with a particular emphasis on the arts.

Description timeline

Prehistory to present.

Update Type

Information not available.

Update Notes

Bridgeman Education is regularly updated with new content, at no extra cost to users.


The publisher does not currently meet the Jisc accessibility standards, however is working towards meeting the W3C standards.


Authentication is by:

  • Username/password
  • IP recognition
  • UK Access Management Federation
  • Referring URL

Federated searching

Bridgeman Education conforms broadly to Dublin Core and VRA Core. It is in the process of developing its own controlled vocabularies based on Getty and Theasuri, but better adapted for educational image research.

For example, it uses the Getty ULAN standard, TGN and has adapted the AAT (Getty's Art and Architecture Thesaurus)

Full text linking

Bridgeman Education supports OpenURL and are currently engaged in a project to put this in place.

Metadata standards

Images are IPTC metadata compliant.


View images and metadata, create slideshows and save under a unique username for later retrieval from any computer.

Post search options

  • Download search results as JPGs or pdfs
  • Online saving and retrieval (using the slideshow function)
  • Images easily imported into PowerPoint

Search options

Basic Search, Boolean Search and Advanced Search.

Usage statistics

Bridgeman Education will soon offer COUNTER compliant usage statistics. At the moment, usage statistics will be supplied upon request. These include the date of log-in and amount of use as well as all keywords searched for and the number of page-views.