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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. 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
Frescoes in the Criptoporticus Domus, restored as part of the Great Pompeii Project, December 2015, MARIO LAPORTA/AFP/Getty Images

What can contemporary artists do for the ruins of Pompeii?

The sensitive juxtaposition of old and new could revive some of the site’s more neglected artefacts

18 Oct 2017
The Colosseum Seen from the Southeast, (c. 1700), Gaspar van Wittel, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Photo: Imaging department; Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum. Photo: Imaging department; © President and Fellows of Harvard College

Will the reform of Rome’s ruins be an improvement?

Will the new Colosseum archaeological park improve the upkeep of Rome’s most important ruins?

3 Oct 2017
Artwork on concrete blocks acting as bollards on 4 July, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

The art of anti-terrorism

Artists and urban planners are finding creative ways to brighten up the concrete blocks and barriers that pepper today’s urban spaces

27 Sep 2017
Gillian Wearing with a model of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett, Photo: Caroline Teo/GLA/PA

‘Millicent Fawcett and Gillian Wearing are a winning combination’

The design for Millicent Fawcett’s statue breaks the mould, but Parliament Square is a problematic site

26 Sep 2017
Letters from W.B. Yeats to Olivia Shakespear, part of the Yeats Family Collection be auctioned at Sotheby's London on 27 September

The Yeats Collection sale is only the latest sign of Ireland’s broken heritage export system

It’s time for leading cultural figures to work with the state to reform Irish heritage protection

25 Sep 2017
Illustration: The Lindström Effect

Is sound art getting a fair hearing in museums?

Sound art often seems like video art’s poor relation in museums, but is its struggle for status starting to pay off?

25 Sep 2017