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The Descent from the Cross (1611–14; detail), Peter Paul Rubens.

How a not-so-rude Rubens fazed Facebook

The Facebook flesh police took umbrage at a painting by Rubens that features the crucified Christ in a loincloth

25 Jul 2018
Shiny Tim: Chalamet with a fruit basket

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Timothée Chalamet becomes an art-world icon and Theaster Gates reveals he’s a fan of Harry Styles

24 Jul 2018

Sacha Baron Cohen sends up the art world (again)

In his new show, What is America?, the comedian foists some pungent art on a gallerist in California. It’s not the first time he’s fooled the art world

20 Jul 2018

Public art goes prehistoric in London

A pop-up monument to commemorate 25 years since the release of Jurassic Park has appeared in London – and yes, it’s terrifying

19 Jul 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Metro stations celebrate France’s footballers, the former Tory MP who met Andy Warhol, and a curious job advert from MoMA

17 Jul 2018

Parliament Square has a new sculpture (for two hours)

The Trump baby balloon takes flight in Parliament Square. Should it be in a sculpture park?

13 Jul 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Flag wags, Madonna at the National Portrait Gallery, and why Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat might be heading to the Museum of London

10 Jul 2018

Nick Cave as you’ve never seen him before – cast in bronze and on horseback

The residents of a town in Victoria are hoping that a bronze Nick Cave will become a visitor attraction

6 Jul 2018
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Ed Vaizey does the floss dance, Germaine Greer takes aim at art in schools and Vincent van Gogh gets his own beer

4 Jul 2018

St George is cross, probably

An amateur restoration job on a sculpture in Estella, northern Spain, has become an internet sensation

28 Jun 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Ronaldo as a Russian general, Victoria Beckham and the Old Masters, and a bashing for Baselitz

26 Jun 2018

The Palermo pizzeria for those Manifesta munchies

A ‘Renoir’ pizza could be just the thing after perusing some of Manifesta‘s more offbeat installations

24 Jun 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Beyonce and Jay-Z take over the Louvre, Kurt Cobain in Co. Kildare, and why Olafur Eliasson is teaming up with Ikea

21 Jun 2018

Funny business in the world of stamps

American philatelists with a nose for novelty can now get their hands on scratch n’sniff stamps. And is Royal Mail having a laugh with its Dad’s Army set?

14 Jun 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

What doesn’t Arron Banks know about the Hermitage? Why is Christie’s like a tennis court? And did anyone point out how that G7 photo looks like a Renaissance painting?

12 Jun 2018

The lives of the artists, brought to you by Willem Dafoe

The actor Willem Dafoe will play Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti in a reading at the Beyeler Foundation later this month

8 Jun 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

A reality TV star meets the Mona Lisa in Paris, Grayson Perry on why art beats theatre, and Bill and Hillary Clinton’s collection of Bono drawings

7 Jun 2018

The artist friends and foes of Philip Roth

The late American novelist’s friends included R.B. Kitaj and Philip Guston. But he didn’t always get on with contemporary art…

2 Jun 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Supermarket Sweep at the British Museum, Cardsharps for contemporary Italy, and the sweet smell of sea travel

30 May 2018

A peace bargain to tempt all coin collectors

The North Korean peace summit may be off, but you can still get hold of a commemorative coin

25 May 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Pugin at the royal wedding, P. Diddy in the saleroom, and Maggi Hambling’s advice on clearing a gallery

22 May 2018

Has the British Museum scored an own goal with Mo Salah’s football boots?

The British Museum has acquired a pair of Mo Salah’s football boots. Not everybody’s happy…

20 May 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Antony Gormley’s wardrobe, a slating for the Serpentine restaurant, and resistance to Rachel Whiteread in Yorkshire

17 May 2018

Why a museum in London is getting creative with Campari

The Estorick Collection in north London is to stage an exhibition of Campari posters. Salute!

13 May 2018