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Valentine’s Day is no feast for food lovers

Why are there no dishes or treats traditionally associated with Valentine’s Day? The answer lies in shifts in farming and changing beliefs about food

12 Feb 2024

Acquisitions of the Month: January 2024

A recently identified painting by Guercino and a series of Joseph Cornell boxes are among the most significant works to have entered public collections last month

9 Feb 2024

Lynda Benglis’s wearable sculptures are a perfect fit

There’s a thin but fluid line between fine art and fashion for the artist who is now making accessories for Loewe

2 Feb 2024

Parma’s museum multiplex is now even harder to miss

The Palazzo della Pilotta contains three museums, a historic library and one of the oldest theatres in Europe – but, until its recent refurbishment, has often been overlooked

2 Feb 2024

Holidaying with the Habsburgs

Every summer, the emperor Franz Josef celebrated his birthday in the ‘earthly paradise’ of Bad Ischl, now a European Capital of Culture

2 Feb 2024

Pleasure-seeking in Edo-period Japan

The details of this fine woodblock show there’s even more to a majestic print of a 19th-century courtesan than meets the eye – if you know how to look

2 Feb 2024

The craft of carving from thorns, in the flesh

As an exhibition at the Hunterian in Glasgow shows, the miniature sculptures of the Nigerian artist Justus Akeredolu are a major achievement

2 Feb 2024

The HR crisis hobbling Italian museums

While the appointment or dismissal of directors makes headlines, chronic understaffing is a much more fundamental problem

2 Feb 2024

For Howard Hodgkin, collecting was as important as painting

The artist amassed one of the finest private collections of Indian court paintings, an activity that preoccupied him as much as making art

2 Feb 2024

The art museum in Athens that is making a feminist stand

For one year, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens has an all-female display of works from its collection and an all-female programme

2 Feb 2024

The untamed art of Théodore Géricault

Two hundred years after the painter’s death, his work still has the power to shock and his life remains shrouded in mystery

26 Jan 2024

Forces of Will: Building Chicago – a comic by Claire Barliant

After the demolition of some of Chicago’s best architecture, what lies in store for postmodernist landmark the James R. Thompson Center now that Google owns it?

24 Jan 2024

Acquisitions of the Month: December 2023

A miniature copy of the Apollo Belvedere and a Mesoamerican jade statuette are among the most important works to have entered public collections last month

19 Jan 2024

Getting the hump – the fine art of feasting in the Arab world

What constitutes a delicacy has changed over the centuries, but dining on camel is still a rare luxury

18 Jan 2024

Boxwood miniatures, in a nutshell

William Theiss takes a close look at the pocket-sized sculptures that 15th-century pilgrims thought perfect for private reverie

17 Jan 2024

The doctor who was devoted to Van Gogh

The painter’s final months in the care of Dr Paul-Ferdinand Gachet, a physician as interested in art as he was in medicine, were an extraordinarily productive period

12 Jan 2024

The finest hours of Catherine of Cleves

Diane Wolfthal discusses the dizzying visions of heaven and hell to be found in a medieval prayer book at the Morgan Library

10 Jan 2024

The Olympic Games, a city built on sand, and a painful divorce – the year ahead in architecture

With Paris preparing to play host, Neom remaining elusive and London landmarks undergoing major changes, 2024 will be nothing if not interesting

10 Jan 2024

All at sea – the anxious mariners of Marsden Hartley

A briny, brawny late work by Maine’s favourite modernist finds strength in stoic silence

8 Jan 2024

The museum openings not to miss in 2024

Notre Dame is to reopen, the Frick Collection is returning to Fifth Avenue and Scotland celebrates a pair of new or improved institutions

5 Jan 2024

The birth of Impressionism and the centenary of Surrealism – major art anniversaries in 2024

The marking of two seminal movements and a year-long celebration of Caspar David Friedrich combine scholarly heft with popular appeal

3 Jan 2024

The godmothers of conceptual art take centre stage – contemporary highlights in 2024

Yoko Ono and Sophie Calle are the subject of major retrospectives while museums also have more material concerns

3 Jan 2024

Bottle royale – a new look for Napoleon’s favourite champagne

Daniel Arsham has distilled centuries of history into his design for a bottle for Moët & Chandon’s new cuvée

2 Jan 2024

Unfolding the origins of an Ethiopian icon

Christine Sciacca of the Walters Art Museum explains how a processional icon of surprisingly modern design was made and what it means

2 Jan 2024