The Art Institute of Chicago acquires superb Sebastiano del Piombo painting
The new acquisition, arranged with Colnaghi, testifies to just how productive the nurturing of museum-dealer relationships can be
How technology is changing the way we tackle art theft
Smartphones and digital cameras are new sources of evidence for investigators, but they can also aid art thieves
Brexit will happen. The British culture sector needs a new plan
If anything is going to come out of this shock to the system, there are lessons to be learned
What is a European Capital of Culture for?
Can San Sebastián, one of this year’s European Capitals of Culture, provide some answers?
The secret lives of the great art dealers
The art dealer memoir offers a rare chance to gain access into the life of even the most elusive art dealer
Art and instability in Istanbul
Anyone who witnessed Istanbul’s rise as a cosmopolitan hub over the past decade will notice the stark change that has come over it this year
Why has Tate consigned painting to history?
Painting isn’t dead, but it has been prematurely buried in Tate Modern’s Boiler House
The centre of learning destroyed by ISIS in Iraq
The Temple of Nabu at Nimrud was home to a library, whose surviving texts form a vivid picture of everyday life in ancient Assyria
Making space for Dublin’s artists
There is a crisis of artists’ studio space in the city – but the artists are organising against it
Inside the UNESCO conference to save Syria’s heritage
Experts gathered in Berlin to share ideas, but coming up with a coordinated strategy is impossible when the situation is so volatile
Why Manifesta makes sense in Marseille
The roving contemporary art biennial comes to France in 2020, but what does it mean for Marseille?
Irish ire over heritage ‘downgrade’
The term’s been dropped from the title of the government department in charge of culture
What does the Jameel Prize mean for contemporary Islamic art?
The award seeks to inspire a Renaissance in Islamic art, and is deliberately casting its net wide
Wallace Collection appoints Xavier Bray as new director
It will take both ambition and creative thinking to lead the museum: thankfully, Bray’s record so far suggests he has plenty of both
Antique ivory poses no threat to elephant conservation: in fact, it needs protection itself
Antiques dealers have cause for concern, but there’s also an opportunity to broaden the debate…
While the world watches Palmyra, another of Syria’s heritage sites risks destruction
The Church of Saint Simeon near Aleppo is the greatest treasure of the Christian-Byzantine era in Syria – but it’s suffered extensive damage
We should all get behind the #Unite4Heritage campaign
Heritage groups around the world need to harness social media to spread their message. This campaign makes that much easier
The Endeavour won’t tell us anything new about Cook’s voyage, but that’s not the point
The ship that took Captain Cook around the world ended up as the ‘Lord Sandwich’ at the bottom of Newport Harbour
Why the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s stolen art may never be found
Unfortunately, some stolen works are simply too famous to sell, and too dangerous to keep
Drawing in museums is a form of respect – let’s not ruin it
It’s annoying that we can’t sketch knickers at the V&A, but more annoying that footfall takes precedence over engagement
Can we trust in museum trustees?
Trustees serve a vital purpose in the culture sector, but only if politicians avoid the temptation to meddle…
A London gallery has shut its doors in the name of art. Is that acceptable?
If you want to see Maria Eichhorn’s solo show at Chisenhale Gallery – you can’t. Believe it or not, it’s more than a gimmick
Big Lebowski pad acquired by LACMA
The LA museum has acquired its first home – what does this unusual architectural acquisition mean for the city?
Airborne technology is revealing Cambodia’s extraordinary medieval history
Cambodia’s historic temples are some of the most impressive in the world, but there’s so much more hidden beneath the forest floor