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For most artists, there’s no such thing as the ‘wrong’ side of a piece of paper

Though we rarely encounter them, the preparatory sketches and absent-minded doodling on the backs of drawings can reveal much about what an artist really had in mind

2 Sep 2022
The Osulloc Tea Museum on Jeju Island.

The South Korean island with something for everyone

Andrew Russeth finds that Jeju Island offers everything from a teddy bear museum to masterpieces of modern Korean art

30 Aug 2022
The pavilion of Indochina in the Garden of Tropical Agronomy René Dumont in Paris

What should happen to Paris’s abandoned colonial garden?

The neglect of the Garden of Tropical Agronomy points to a wider ambivalence about what to do with the city’s colonial sites

30 Aug 2022
Adoration of the Magi by Perugino

Making over Umbria’s greatest museum

The Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, home to some of Perugino’s most important works, can now display its outstanding collection in suitably grand style

30 Aug 2022
(detail; 1601–04), Cristofano Gaffurri after a design by Jacopo Ligozzi. Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence

How Ferdinand I de’ Medici set his might in stone

Curator Alessandra Griffo of the Uffizi tells Apollo how a remarkable pietra dura table-top would have dazzled visitors to the Medici court

30 Aug 2022
The Pink Room at Palazzo Butera

The grand restoration of Palazzo Butera

Fresh connections between contemporary art and Old Masters come to the fore in this 400-year-old palace, which has been transformed into a museum and home

30 Aug 2022
Jean-François de Troy’s

The saucy legends of the champagne coupe

The distinctive saucer-shaped glass might have fallen out of fashion, but the tales of its origins still make for titillating table talk

30 Aug 2022

How gastronomic maps paved the way for regional French cooking

The first gastronomic map of France may have been created to serve the appetites of greedy Parisians, but it also opened up new ways of eating

30 Aug 2022
Pope's Villa

Will Alexander Pope’s underground grotto finally come to light?

The poet’s bejewelled lair on the banks of the Thames was his pride and joy – and its restoration shines new light into the shadowy depths of his mind

26 Aug 2022
Helen Frankenthaler studio visit

What artists are really doing when they take up residencies

Recent initiatives are expanding on the traditional model of patronage through community engagement, cross-disciplinary collaboration and mentorship schemes

9 Aug 2022

Acquisitions of the Month: July 2022

Two significant works by Renaissance masters to the National Gallery in London are among this month’s highlights

5 Aug 2022
Vernon Lee (1881), John Singer Sargent. Tate collection

How Vernon Lee kept her finger on the pulse of gallery-goers

Long before the invention of the visitor-response survey, the writer was curious about how works of art affected their viewers

31 Jul 2022
Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel (late 1470s–mid 1480s), Sandro Botticelli. Private collection

The blingy side of Botticelli

The painter’s use of gold in his works suggests a debt to earlier artists – and reveals a more antiquarian side of 15th-century Florence

17 Jul 2022
glassblowing on the island of Murano

Playing with fire – how rising fuel prices are endangering Murano’s glass industry

As the cost of gas continues to increase across Europe, the Venetian island’s glassmakers are fighting to preserve a centuries-old tradition

8 Jul 2022
Covered box with scene from The Tale of Genji (c. 1895), Ota Jinnoeimon. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. Photo: © 2022 John Bigelow Taylor

Acquisitions of the Month: June 2022

An outstanding collection of some 900 Japanese cloisonné enamels is among this month’s highlights

30 Jun 2022
Wolf's Cove miniature village

The architect whose greatest achievement was the world’s first miniature village

Wolf’s Cove, the model village in Gloucestershire designed by Charles Paget Wade, is proof of the architect’s commitment to creating ideal communities

27 Jun 2022
A Jewish family home in Baghdad

A culinary education – Claudia Roden’s ode to Jewish cuisine

Twenty-five years after it was first published, ‘The Book of Jewish Food’ remains an invaluable record of the Jewish diaspora and its manifold culinary traditions

27 Jun 2022
Exterior view of the ‘Borderlands’ exhibition, including Enrique Martínez Celaya’s There-bound (2021), at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.

Progress report – the Huntington reckons with its past and looks to the future

The Gilded Age institution renowned for its Eurocentric holdings is re-evaluating its history and winning over a wider audience

27 Jun 2022

Why was the Royal Academy so willing to let one of its most treasured pieces go?

Sixty years ago the Royal Academy announced the sale of a cartoon by Leonardo da Vinci to fund its activities, but did it make the right decision?

27 Jun 2022

The restoration of the ruins of York Castle is a towering achievement

All that remains of the city’s two medieval castles is the empty shell of a single tower, now imaginatively restored by Hugh Broughton Architects

27 Jun 2022

Making a stand – the Russian artists saying no to war

Judging where to draw the line between maintaining a safe silence and tacitly endorsing the war in Ukraine has become a pressing matter

Joan Miró

Assassination attempts – how Joan Miró set out to destroy painting

The artist produced some of his most innovative and political works at the age of 80 by burning and torturing his canvases and also turning to textiles

23 Jun 2022
Equestrian shrine figure (ojubo elesin) depicting a priestess of Oya, (1920–40), Moshood Olusomo Bamigboye. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

Shrine of the times – a Yoruba masterpiece in focus

Curator James Green takes a close look at a carving by Bamigboye, a sculptor who represented the beating heart of his community in the early 20th century

21 Jun 2022
Château Mouton Rothschild

The perfect blend – art and wine at Château Mouton Rothschild

The graphic designer Jean Carlu was the first artist to create a label for the historic wine estate in 1924, marking the beginning of a long-standing tradition

16 Jun 2022