Rachel Cohen is the author of ‘A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists’ (Cape) and ‘Bernard Berenson’ (Yale)

Past and present collide at the Art Institute of Chicago

The museum’s new medieval and Renaissance galleries put its outstanding collections in the spotlight and invites fresh and unexpected connections

20 Mar 2017

Why are there so many period rooms in US museums?

Influential private collectors were often keen to recreate their own experiences for the benefit of the public at large.

12 Jan 2017

J.P. Morgan: The Man Who Bought the World

As the Wadsworth Atheneum reopens, Rachel Cohen considers the legacy of one of its greatest benefactors

5 Sep 2015