The Japanese fashion designer revolutionised womenswear by creating comfortable clothes appreciated for their androgynous elegance and ease
In the works of Raphael the Virgin Mary often plays a more active and more joyful role than she is allowed by other artists
The V&A’s director Tristram Hunt has floated the idea of changing the law to allow national museums to make permanent returns. Robert Hewison advises treading very carefully
Who is the subject of the painter’s cryptically titled ‘Madame C d’A’? Tessa Murdoch looks for clues among his most progressive patrons
Art UK’s new catalogue allows us to assess the artistic merits of the nation’s monuments – and to mourn a lost memorial to Percy Bysshe Shelley
Artists have long found beauty in the mundane, but choosing to represent everyday subject matter is a privilege that requires the luxury of time
The Portuguese-British painter told stories of parental abandonment, misogyny and exile with a power that put her in a class of her own
The monetary value of preparatory studies was slight in the Renaissance – but for the ideas they contained, they were worth their weight in gold
Artists have long embraced playful behaviour – not just as a form of creative release, but also as a way of dealing with conflict and taboo
The grounds of the Shortgrove estate in Newport, Essex, have long been lovingly preserved, but a new development now threatens its future
Turning black and white photos into colour – and vice versa – can be a harmless piece of fun, but the results can also mess with our sense of the past
The city claims that its decision to loosen the rules governing art auctions seeks to create a more consumer-friendly environment – but how can it?
Once one of London’s most impressive private palaces, the house successfully melded a mix of architectural styles but this wasn’t enough to save it from its fate
With cracks appearing in the relationships of institutions in Nigeria, Barnaby Phillips wonders where the returned Benin Bronzes are going to end up
There is no great tradition of male nudes by women artists, but this underlines an asymmetry of power rather than a lack of female desire
Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium has just celebrated its third birthday but despite its shiny facade, the club still projects a message of continuity and tradition
The discovery of a ritual offering of 160 starfish and a jaguar skeleton to the Aztec god of war has got archaeologists excited to uncover its meaning
Wolf Burchard pays tribute to the expertise and open-mindedness of the chairman of Masterpiece who was a pillar of the world of decorative arts
Museums and galleries are keener than ever to display their environmental credentials – but words and deeds don’t always seem to match up
Lengthy exhibition texts, catalogues and essays are everywhere nowadays – but do they help us to see the art for what it really is?
Modern critics (and conspiracy theorists) have focused on the painter’s decadent side, but his subjects reflect the society of his day
As the city ‘arrives’ as a global art capital, how do the artists and curators who have been there for decades feel about the hype?
The Laban Dance Centre is being encroached upon by unsightly developments and it needs to be protected now