15th-century English alabaster carvings have often been described misleadingly as ‘Nottingham alabasters’. More careful scrutiny of the social and intellectual contexts of their production would furnish us with a greater sense of their cultural significance – and their rich artistryRead more
Velázquez’s portrait of Francesco I d’Este is one of the highlights of the Galleria Estense in Modena. It has now been loaned to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to raise awareness of the damage caused by the 2012 earthquake in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy
The temporary return of Sir Robert Walpole’s outstanding picture collection to Houghton Hall has posed unique challenges to exhibition organisers. The process of securing loans and reconstructing Walpole’s hang has given rise to numerous surprises
Houghton Hall is a remarkable survival – a stately home that has remained largely unaltered since it was commissioned by Sir Robert Walpole in the 18th century. Lord Cholmondeley talks to Apollo about the history of the estate and his commitment to its future.