Features

The Flemish tapestry that takes us into the heart of a decisive battle

Nancy E. Edwards of the Kimbell Art Museum explains how a magnificent tapestry by Bernard van Orley re-enacts the Battle of Pavia

18 Jun 2024

‘Crazed egomaniacs who want to subjugate us’ – a brief history of architects in film

Hollywood films are full of characters who design buildings for a living, but how well do they reflect the realities of the profession?

17 Jun 2024

The everyday radicalism of Joanne Leonard

A photo taken by the artist in 1979 arranges the documents of a family’s life in humorous – and radical – style

10 Jun 2024

The awesome art of Caspar David Friedrich

The leading exponent of German Romanticism was keenly concerned with the destructive effects of humans on a rapidly industrialising world

10 Jun 2024

Acquisitions of the month: May 2024

An uncanny family portrait by Lavinia Fontana and Sorolla’s striking copy of a Velásquez are among the most important works to have entered public collections last month

7 Jun 2024

The favourite fabric of the French elite

The printed, patterned cloth called toile de Jouy was at its height of its popularity in the 18th century, but still delights today

3 Jun 2024

In Norway, a converted grain silo contains a bumper crop of Nordic art

A 1930s structure has been repurposed to house the collection of Nicolai Tangen. It’s certainly impressive, but how coherent is the work on show?

3 Jun 2024

The ulterior motifs of Aby Warburg

A new life of a very singular art historian places his work in the intellectual contexts of his time

3 Jun 2024

Birmingham’s Barber Institute is getting more cutting-edge

Midway through a major refurbishment, the Barber Institute is still managing to thrive at a challenging time for UK museums

3 Jun 2024

The intoxicating adverts of Armando Testa

The Italian artist had no shortage of spirited designs for corporate brewers and distillers keen to convey the essence of their products

3 Jun 2024

The Castilian ruin that is now a haven for contemporary art

Collectors Lorena Pérez-Jácome and Javier Lumbreras are bringing new life to a 16th-century Jesuit school

3 Jun 2024

Picnicking with the Impressionists

Comparing the spreads on offer in scenes by Manet and Monet suggests that eating outdoors offered the artists a very particular kind of freedom

3 Jun 2024

How the Hirshhorn Museum stays fresh at 50

The modernist building houses many significant works, but it’s the museum’s canny marketing and astute navigation of choppy political climates that really set it apart

1 Jun 2024

How the masters of Meissen made perfect miniature worlds

The porcelain marvels produced in the 18th century combine opulence with naturalism to heart-stopping effect

30 May 2024

When Francis Bacon went al fresco

By exhibiting Two Figures in the Grass the artist succeeded in attracting the controversy he was almost certainly courting

29 May 2024

Turin’s new photo festival takes a wide-angled view of the world

An ambitious new event features several photographers seeing colonial histories through a contemporary lens

28 May 2024

When does food become art?

Paying hundreds of pounds for a dessert may seem excessive, but we wouldn’t think it an unreasonable price for a work of art

28 May 2024

Golden Boy goes home – but where is that, exactly?

The Met’s return of a bronze statue to Thailand and the reaction in Cambodia shows the difficulty of recovering the origins of looted objects

20 May 2024

Make a date with the Stone of Destiny at the new Perth Museum

The ancient Scottish relic makes for a captivating moment of theatre, but the rest of the displays are just as artfully done

18 May 2024

Fossil fuelled – the sticky relationship between art and the oil industry

Cultural institutions are increasingly cutting ties with fossil fuel sponsors, but art and oil have long been intertwined in surprising ways

15 May 2024

Acquisitions of the Month: April 2024

A luscious portrait by Johann Richard Seel and a magnificent bronze statue by Giambologna are among the most important works to have entered public collections last month

10 May 2024

How national is the National Gallery in London?

The museum is founded on the collection of John Julius Angerstein and, 200 years later, the banker’s taste is still making itself felt

10 May 2024

The dealer who got the Parisian avant-garde round to decorate

For his Paris apartment, Léonce Rosenberg commissioned works from the likes of Picabia and de Chirico, fusing modernism and classic French style

7 May 2024

Meet France’s self-appointed heritage sheriff

Didier Rykner is the tireless heritage campaigner with a talent for publicity who has become a thorn in the side of the French authorities

3 May 2024