It’s not just the Old Masters that get spots – small bumps have started to erupt on modern paintings
The Egyptian pyramids were originally covered in smooth white limestone – as a casing stone now in Scotland shows
The Great Pompeii Project’s restoration of the site has led to a stream of exciting discoveries
Are volunteer board members a useful source of good will and money, or do they tie museums to the whims of the wealthy?
The recent discovery of a temple of the Aztec ‘Flayed Lord’ has revived myths about human sacrifice
A year in celebration of the Spanish baroque painter in Seville has made a clear case for his talent and influence
The government has pledged £20m of investment in five regions – but cultural institutions are unlikely to be better off than before
It shouldn’t be news that women illustrated manuscripts in the Middle Ages, but there’s no denying the appeal of a recent discovery
The renowned American potter believed simplicity, beauty, and affordability were of paramount importance
With no contracts or value exchanges, announced gifts can easily be revoked. But there are ways to firm up loose agreements
The implementation of the Ivory Act is going to need a lot of pragmatism and expertise
Repatriation is a complex issue, but it is time for a more open-minded approach
In the wake of some of the worst flooding in recent history, and with its population in decline, the city is in troubled waters
An overheated global art market seems to be showing signs of strain
The museum, which reopened in October after six years, stands as a symbol of the country’s hopes for recovery
Natural history collections are uniquely placed to help us make sense of the relationship between humans and catastrophic climate change
Rembrandt’s Night Watch is set to be restored in front of visitors. Should we welcome the growing prevalence of public conservation?
As film and video art moves into the mainstream, curators have to find new ways to keep viewers hooked
Benin City will soon have a permanent display of its court bronzes for the first time in over a century. What makes these artworks so extraordinary?
For four years, exhibitions and events throughout the UK have explored the art of remembrance – with varying results
The image of the penniless artist is an economic reality for many. Now some organisations are fighting for change
On the 20th anniversary of the Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art, their effectiveness is up for debate
Artists and auction houses alike contribute to the comic excesses of their world – but are they in on the joke?
A 73,000-year-old fragment of stone marked with red lines raises questions about the nature of aesthetic experience