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