Sophie Barling is managing editor of Apollo

The Ascendents XIV (detail; 2021), Wangari Mathenge.

Frieze week highlights: Sickert’s portraits and Hampstead Garden Suburb in the 1970s

The painter’s brooding portraits and Wangari Mathenge’s colourful interiors are among the shows to see this year

7 Oct 2021
Andrew Lloyd Webber photographed in the Pre-Raphaelite Room at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, in August 2021.

Supporting cast – Andrew Lloyd Webber does up Drury Lane with a few of his favourite things

The musical impresario has found a role for his collection of beloved Pre-Raphaelites at the newly restored Theatre Royal Drury Lane

12 Sep 2021
High scorer: Sir Geoff Hurst on top of a pod on the London Eye wearing a replica 1966 World Cup final kit on Friday 9 July, two days before the Euro 2020 final.

Tourist for a day – the London Eye may be ancient now, but it’s well worth a spin

The giant ferris wheel may now be part of the furniture – but the view from on high is still revolutionary

2 Aug 2021
Carving (c. 1690), Grinling Gibbons.

In praise of Grinling Gibbons, the wizard of woodcarving

The sculptor took Restoration England by storm with his virtuosic woodwork

24 Jul 2021

The poetry of Polaroids, chez François Halard

Locked down in Arles, the celebrated interiors photographer François Halard made a series of dreamlike Polaroids that emerge as an enigmatic self-portrait

8 Mar 2021
The tomb of Richard and Isabel Burton at the church of St Mary Magdalen, Mortlake, built 1891.

The Victorian adventurers who pitched their tent for eternity

Richard and Isabel Burton are buried in a quiet churchyard in south London – but their remarkable tomb is a fitting monument to these insatiable travellers

1 Mar 2021
Maggi Hambling, photographed with her pug, Peggy, in November 2020.

‘The thing is to be brave’ – Maggi Hambling toughs it out

From that scandalous scallop to her Mary Wollstonecraft monument, Maggi Hambling is no stranger to controversy

23 Jan 2021

Buttered toast and bridge evenings – Summoned by Bells revisited

John Betjeman’s nostalgic verse memoir was well served by its illustrators

24 Dec 2020
The Refreshment Pavilion at Kew Gardens after it was burned down by suffragettes in February 1913.

Storm in a teacup – at Kew’s pavilion restaurant

The gardens’ latest restaurant occupies the site of their first refreshment pavilion – which has a surprisingly turbulent history

3 Nov 2020
Wallpaper design, ‘Trellis’ (detail; designed 1862, first produced 1864), William Morris. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Priming up the walls – on colour and confinement

Some choose their wallpaper, some have paint schemes thrust upon them… a decorative dérive through the history of colour and interiors

1 Apr 2020
View of The Last Supper (1464–68) by Dieric Bouts (c. 1415–75) in St Peter's Church, Leuven. Photo: Ⓒ Rudi Van Beek; courtesy M Leuven

‘It’s an artistic overview of one of the most productive moments in the city of Leuven’

Curator Peter Carpreau talks about the masterpieces of Flemish art housed in the recently restored St Peter’s Church in Leuven

28 Feb 2020
Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant in Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Burning desires – Céline Sciamma’s ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’, reviewed

The French director’s film about an 18th-century painter and her muse is a visual feast

26 Feb 2020
La Chemise (detail; 1905), Kees van Dongen. Galerie Jean-François Cazeau (€1.8m)

What not to miss at BRAFA this year

From Fauvist paintings to fragments of the Berlin Wall – highlights of the 2020 edition of the fair

24 Jan 2020

Arty films and books to look out for in 2020

From The Rock as an art detective to warts-and-all Warhol – the must-see films and a first reading list for art lovers

30 Dec 2019
Recreation of a baroque feasting table in c. 1650, conceived and made by Ivan Day with taxidermy by David Astley and seafood and fruit models by Tony Barton.

‘Sugar paste is very fine, finer than porcelain’ – the art of historical banquets

The food historian Ivan Day talks about the historical table settings he has recreated for an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum

25 Nov 2019
Boy Blowing on Firebrand (detail; c. 1660), Georges de la Tour.

Dijon’s grand old museum has a new look – and it really cuts the mustard

After a decade-long renovation, the palatial Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon can now show its masterpieces to even greater advantage

3 Oct 2019
Ansel Elgort in The Goldfinch (2019)

A filched finch that never really takes flight – The Goldfinch, reviewed

The film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s novel is visually enticing but unwieldy

1 Oct 2019
The Derelict (c. 1920), James Pryde.

Frieze week highlights: the Goya of Aberdeenshire and Cézanne in one piece

An exhibition of works by James Pryde and a display of new research on Cézanne are among the shows not to miss during Frieze Week

27 Sep 2019
Napoleon at Fontainebleau, 31 March 1814 (1840), Paul Delaroche.

Luxury in exile – at Napoleon’s country villa on Elba

The Mediterranean island still bears the mark of its most famous one-time resident

23 Sep 2019
Timothy Spall as L.S. Lowry in Mrs Lowry and Son (2019)

Matchstick men at the pictures – Mrs Lowry and Son, reviewed

Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave co-star as the artist and his mother in this claustrophobic portrait of domestic dysfunction

2 Sep 2019
The Gruuthusemuseum in Bruges (pre-2014).

A history of Bruges in 20,000 objects

The gothic heart of Bruges now beats a little faster at the renovated Gruuthusemuseum

19 Aug 2019
100 Hand-drawn maps of my country, India (2014), Shilpa Gupta. Galleria Continua.

A new home for South Asian art in Dubai

The Ishara Art Foundation opened its doors last month with a show exploring boundaries and belonging

24 Apr 2019
Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh in ‘At Eternity’s Gate' (2018)

Julian Schnabel makes us see through Van Gogh’s eyes – At Eternity’s Gate reviewed

The film tries to imagine what being the painter was like – the results are as stressful, and appealing, as you might expect

12 Apr 2019
Hand puppets (from a set of five) (c. 1923), Eberhardt Schrammen. Klassik Stiftung Weimar

‘People have to be reminded that the Bauhaus started here’ – inside the new Bauhaus Museum in Weimar

The city is taking pains to address all aspects – both good and bad – of the legendary design school’s history

11 Apr 2019