That we know so much about the day-to-day reality of the Great Plague of London is down to the diaries of John Evelyn and Samuel Pepys
The biographer’s revelations about Eric Gill were delivered with calm objectivity – a quality that made her a superb observer of extraordinary lives, her own included
The director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., on the challenges of steering the institution and looking after its staff during the Covid-19 crisis
We’ll need to find ways to be together while alone during the coming weeks and months
After two decades of delays, the museum finally opened its doors at the end of February. Now, like so many others, it has had to shut again
With the whole of Italy in lockdown, the streets of Rome are empty – and the city without visitors has a strange and confusing atmosphere
Its doors may be closed, but Milan’s greatest gallery will find ways to keep working for the quarantined city, says director James Bradburne
The German-born artist never stopped reinventing himself – from his gender-bending self-portraits to a film about living with cancer
There is no shortage of theories about why the Russian artist leaked a sex tape that made a French politician drop out of the mayoral race in Paris
The decision to split the Turner Prize caused quite a stir – do such gestures undermine art prizes or open up new ways of judging contemporary art?
With ‘controlled blasting’ underway in a national monument area in Arizona, cultural sites and their attendant artefacts may be lost forever
A celebration of the late actor’s star turn as the tormented artist in Vincente Minnelli’s biopic of 1956
A 14th-century sketch by a travelling friar is now thought to be the earliest known drawing of the city
From casual cafes to fine dining – the eating options at a museum can tell us a great deal about how it sees itself
What effect do contemporary artists have on the environment – and should this affect what we think about their work?
A complete version of the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays is up for sale. What is it that makes this book so desirable?
One of the inventors of conceptual art, and a towering figure on the West Coast scene, he was also a dedicated mentor to his students
The painter-novelist was one of a kind – but his influence will continue to shape the imagination of Scotland
The decision to exchange the historic carvings of Hinemihi at Clandon Park for new examples is admirable – and creative
A court recently ruled that the ancient site be reconverted into a mosque, casting the fate of its well-preserved mosaics and wall paintings into question
It’s been a year since the publication of a groundbreaking report calling for the restitution of African cultural heritage in French museums. How has it been received?
Despite the mutterings of most critics, the decision to award the prize to all four nominees makes a lot of sense – and is good for contemporary art
Remembering the critical insights and generous instincts of the writer and architect Charles Jencks (1939–2019)
Are the largely London-based institutions funded by central government doing enough to share their collections and expertise with the rest of the country?