The flurry of exhibitions focusing on women artists is very welcome – as long as they avoid reinforcing tired old narratives
It has taken the National Trust 24 years to restore the Gideon Tapestries at Hardwick Hall to their former glory
In the works of Raphael the Virgin Mary often plays a more active and more joyful role than she is allowed by other artists
A carved-wood falcon linked to Anne Boleyn and wall paintings in Hertfordshire and Yorkshire are exciting discoveries for our understanding of Tudor England
The discovery that the astrologer’s ‘scrying glass’ is made of obsidian from Mexico points to the complex global webs surrounding many Tudor objects
Why do paintings and objects from the Tudor and Stuart periods have so much to say for themselves?
A new series on BBC Radio 3 delves into the notorious life of Benvenuto Cellini – and it’s a binge-worthy Renaissance thriller, Christina Faraday writes
Late medieval gold is vanishingly rare, so a metal detectorist’s discovery may be a truly spectacular find
From commemorative wares to ordinary utensils, inscribing dates on household objects was once common practice
A proposal to sell off ‘non-medical’ books in the institution’s library takes too narrow a view of the history of medicine
Could a Pythonesque computer game set a good example for galleries trying to attract virtual visitors?
The novelist’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy suggestively fills in what art historians can only guess at
The latest addition to the long gallery at Hever Castle presents the Plantagenet king in the worst possible light
Flaunted in public and pored over in private, the portraits of Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver encapsulate their age