Phaeton from The Four Disgraces (1588), Hendrick Goltzius. Art Institute of Chicago

Acquisitions of the Month: May 2023

The most expensive manuscript to ever be sold at auction and an impressive collection of Dutch Mannerist prints are among this month’s highlights

2 Jun 2023

The ballet that woke up post-war Britain

Oliver Messel’s rococo sets for ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ at the Royal Opera House represented a new dawn for dance

30 May 2023

‘Every prince in Europe would have coveted a goblet like this’

This richly coloured glass is a window to a key moment in the history of science and of princely patronage, says the Rijksmuseum’s curator Maartje Brattinga

30 May 2023
still life overlooking a river

Fine dining with Patrick Caulfield

The painter’s atmospheric restaurant interiors and precise still lifes put him at the top table

30 May 2023

When Marilyn Monroe met Richard Avedon

A publicity shoot for ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ caught the photographer and his subject at an unusually vulnerable moment

30 May 2023

Buffalo’s oldest museum enters a new era

The Buffalo AKG Art Museum, formerly the Albright-Knox, reopens with a strong sense of civic purpose and a firm commitment to modern art

30 May 2023
sculpture in a vineyard

Ripe histories – winemaking in Lebanon

The country has been producing wines for centuries, but they are only now getting the global recognition they deserve

30 May 2023

Show trial – James Ensor’s macabre courtroom drama

The novelist Louise Welsh is spooked by the Belgian artist’s menacing ‘Great Judge’

30 May 2023

How to rebuild a Central European city

The reconstruction of cities devastated by the Second World War took radically different forms, depending on the circumstances

30 May 2023

The grand ambitions of Venice’s new centre for photography

Located on the tiny island of San Giorgio, Le Stanze della Fotografia hopes to become a landmark in Italy

26 May 2023

From Bruce Lee to Blobbyland – a guide to London Gallery Weekend

With more than 150 exhibitions staged across the capital, Apollo’s editors pick out the ones they don’t want to miss

19 May 2023

London’s most gruesome museum is back – and weirder than ever

The Hunterian Museum has reconsidered the ethics of showing human remains without sacrificing its weird charm

18 May 2023

A short guide to Carlo Scarpa’s Venice

Christina Makris goes in search of the work of the architect renowned for marrying traditional craftsmanship to modernist details

17 May 2023
black and white photograph of a Japanese woman standing against a textured wall

Eriko Inazaki wins the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize

The Japanese ceramicist was awarded the top prize for her ingenious work at a ceremony in New York

17 May 2023
La Grande Bouffe film still

Punishment for gluttons: La Grande Bouffe at 50

Marco Ferreri’s ode to eating may be one of the most disgusting films about food ever made

17 May 2023

Acquisitions of the Month: April 2023

The joint acquisition of Joshua Reynolds’s ‘Portrait of Mai (Omai)’ by the National Portrait Gallery and the J. Paul Getty Museum has been confirmed

2 May 2023

The creative curating of Walter Hopps

The Menil Collection in Houston looks at the groundbreaking work of a curator who brought a new generation of American artists into museums

27 Apr 2023

What Handel liked to hang on his walls

Three hundred years after the composer moved into his London townhouse, what does the art collection he amassed there tell us about his music?

27 Apr 2023
wax figurine of a girl lying down

The unnerving appeal of wax figures

From votive offerings to anatomical models, wax is the perfect material for blurring the boundaries between art and life

27 Apr 2023
ceramic depiction of Gilbert & George

The modern potter who was devoted to Delft

When Simon Pettet moved into Dennis Severs’ House in Spitalfields he began to channel the 18th century in the 1980s

27 Apr 2023

‘Sydney Modern must be given time to evolve’

The Art Gallery of New South Wales’s extension is too populist and commercially minded for some – but it is full of possibilities

27 Apr 2023

The family vineyard where art grows between the vines

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s sculpture garden in Piedmont is also home to the family rosé

27 Apr 2023
watercolour painting of a girl in a kitchen

Unhappy medium – the pensive watercolours of Richard Foster Yarde

The American artist’s melancholy approach is part of a much punchier tradition says Elisa Germán, co-curator of a show at Harvard Art Museums

27 Apr 2023

What’s the point of studying fine art?

Enrolment in the humanities is tumbling across the United States, but the numbers for fine art are still holding up

21 Apr 2023