Reuniting objects that belonged to important collectors can be a visual treat, but there are some intellectual traps to be avoided
Over the centuries Notre-Dame de Paris has become much more than a place of worship – it is a symbol of a nation
Fernand Khnopff was among the most original artists of the fin-de-siècle – but his dreamlike images are unmistakably Belgian
In her final book Linda Nochlin makes a case for painting that looks poverty in the eye
A monumental new study argues that ‘the patronage of the French Rothschild family is a European history of taste’
Charles Percier may not be a household name, but his Empire style sums up the Napoleonic era – and has had imitators ever since
Was the French Second Empire as morally and artistically bankrupt as its critics made it out to be?
The Louvre's Hubert Robert exhibition was a revelation