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Salvator Mundi (c. 1500), Leonardo da Vinci. Image courtesy Christie's

The sale of ‘the last Leonardo’ is a triumph for the dark art of marketing

Christie’s pulled out all the stops for the sale of ‘Salvator Mundi’ – and its efforts have more than paid off

16 Nov 2017
Detail of an X-ray showing the portrait of a woman believed to be Mary, Queen of Scots, underneath Adrian Vanson's portrait of Sir John Maitland.

Why are there so few portraits of Mary, Queen of Scots?

The discovery of a hidden painting highlights that very few depictions of the queen date from during her lifetime

15 Nov 2017
A picture taken on 12 October, 2017 shows the logo of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The United States and Israel have both announced their intention to withdraw from the organisation. JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images

What next for UNESCO?

The organisation’s new director general must find a way to promote diplomacy following the US’s withdrawal

10 Nov 2017

A tribute to Linda Nochlin (1931–2017)

It is difficult to overstate the importance of Nochlin’s scholarship for subsequent generations of art historians

7 Nov 2017
The Forge of Vulcan (detail; 17th century), attributed to Ary de Vois. Abingdon Guildhall

Solving art’s mysteries online

Can Art Detective’s crowd-sourced connoisseurship shed light on the history of mysterious paintings?

3 Nov 2017

Contemporary art museums can’t avoid conflicts of interest – but we need to trust their directors

Commercial interests and public institutions are inextricably entangled

1 Nov 2017
Three soldiers (from the Flagellation of Christ; 1360), Master of Agrafen, or a follower.

It’s time to talk about the ivory trade

Conservationists and connoisseurs needn’t be on opposing sides when discussing ivory

30 Oct 2017
Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance) (detail; 2013), Amy Sherald. Frances and Burton Reifler. © Amy Sherald

How paintings of the Obamas will shake up American portraiture

Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have won the commissions to paint the former U.S. president and first lady

25 Oct 2017
Salvator Mundi (c. 1500), Leonardo da Vinci. Image courtesy Christie's

What’s behind Leonardo’s unique allure?

The news that Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ is to be auctioned at Christie’s has caused quite a stir. Why is his work so important to people?

23 Oct 2017
The Neues Palais, Potsdam in Sanssouci Park, PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images

Preserving Prussia’s royal palaces

Will a grant of €400 million euros bring the phenomenal Prussian royal collections to wider attention?

19 Oct 2017