From left to right: The Marquise Arconati-Visconti, photographed by the Atelier Nadar in 1900. Bibliothèque nationale de France / ‘Self-Portrait’ (detail) (c. 1880), Nélie Jacquemart. Musée Jacquemart-Andre, Paris / ‘Portrait of Marcello (The Duchess of Castiglione-Colonna) (detail) (1870), Gustave Courbet. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims

Rooms of their own – the female collectors who reshaped French society

The collecting of women has often been regarded as mere shopping, but the efforts of both princesses and professional artists are now receiving their rightful dues

29 Nov 2020
Pages 54 (‘Stavesacre’) and 25 (‘Foxglove’) in Jacques le Moyne de Morgues’ florilegium at the V&A (painted c. 1575)

Budding prospects – a botanist’s guide to Elizabethan England

Jacques Le Moyne’s intricate depictions of flowers and herbs were a pioneering contribution to the field of botanical illustration

27 Nov 2020
Douglas Gordon preparing Cullen skink

Visual feasts – a collection of recipes by video artists

A new cookbook may inspire you to make Cullen skink with Douglas Gordon or Ming Wong’s congee with canned fish

23 Nov 2020
The Lunar Roving Vehicle and James B. Irwin on the surface of the Moon on 31 July 1971 during the Apollo 15 mission (photograph: David R. Scott)

Who is responsible for heritage in outer space?

A new international agreement raises questions about what counts as cultural property in space, how it should be protected and who should do the protecting

23 Nov 2020
La Chaîne Simpson (1896), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Art Institute of Chicago

Chain reaction – the art of bicycle racing

The invention of the modern bicycle in 1885 led to a whirl of enthusiasm for racing these new machines – and artists were swept up in the craze

21 Nov 2020

Keeping it in the family – the neglect of Tunisia’s 19th-century heritage

An auction in Paris of a prominent Tunisian family’s heirlooms was stopped earlier this year, but the country’s heritage still needs better protection

17 Nov 2020
Landscape near Arnhem (1900–01), Piet Mondrian.

Acquisitions of the Month: October 2020

A group of Dutch drawings and a collection of pre-cinematic devices are among this month’s highlights

16 Nov 2020
View of the gatehouse and west front of Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk.

Rats’ nests and recusant history at Oxburgh Hall

Restoration work at the Norfolk house has uncovered fascinating evidence of its past as a Catholic stronghold – in part preserved by nesting rodents

13 Nov 2020
View of the extension on the back of the former Museum and Art Gallery and Central Library.

‘It is hard not to smile on first stepping inside the Box’ – at Plymouth’s new museum

It might not work from the outside, but inside Plymouth’s new civic museum curators have taken a fresh approach to Plymouth’s wide-ranging collections

11 Nov 2020
The Refreshment Pavilion at Kew Gardens after it was burned down by suffragettes in February 1913.

Storm in a teacup – at Kew’s pavilion restaurant

The gardens’ latest restaurant occupies the site of their first refreshment pavilion – which has a surprisingly turbulent history

3 Nov 2020
Photograph taken by Floyd Faxon in c. January 1951 of the living room, with views into the dining room through the north and south archways, of 7065 Hillside Avenue.

Domesticated Duchamp – how photography framed a great modern collection

Photographs show that Walter and Louise Arensberg’s art-filled house in the Hollywood Hills was constantly in flux

(c. 1600–10; detail), Isaac Oliver. Ham House, Surrey.

A mystery in miniature – Isaac Oliver, the Virginia colonists and The Tempest

The subject of a well-known miniature by Isaac Oliver has long been a mystery, but could the painting’s motto offer a clue to its sitter’s identity?

24 Oct 2020
Eye miniature of Victoria, Princess Royal, probably commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1857.

Token gestures – the jewellery of long-distance love

From eye miniatures to lockets of hair, historical love tokens brought people together even when they were apart

22 Oct 2020
Mrs Mary Robinson in the Character of a Nun (c. 1780), John Singleton Copley

Acquisitions of the Month: September 2020

A portrait of an 18th-century comedienne and a long-lost manuscript by Gauguin are among this month’s highlights

12 Oct 2020
Colossal head 4 (1200–900 BC), Olmec, Mexico. Museo de Antropología de Xalapa.

Stone cold masterpieces – the art of the Olmecs

Olmec artists from the Gulf Coast region of Mexico produced some of the most striking sculptures in the ancient Americas

10 Oct 2020
Five Conversations (2019), Lubaina Himid. Hollybush Gardens at Frieze Sculpture 2020.

The shows must go on – what not to miss during Frieze week this year

There are no tents going up in Regent’s Park this year, but there are still plenty of shows worth visiting. Apollo’s editors select their highlights

8 Oct 2020
Pages (scribe Ali ibn Ali al-Bahnasi) from a biography of the

‘I read the beginning and end of thousands of manuscripts’

Digitising an important collection of manuscripts in the Khalidi Library in Old Jerusalem is a painstaking task

5 Oct 2020
Chopin’s last piano, a wing piano manufactured by Ignace Pleyel & Companie, Paris (1848). Fryderyk Chopin Museum, Warsaw

Romance and relics in Chopin’s Warsaw

Although the composer spent most of his life elsewhere, his ghost is ubiquitous in the Polish capital

29 Sep 2020
The east wall of the Salone dei Mesi in Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara, showing March, April and May, painted by Francesco del Cossa in 1469–70.

A farewell to boredom – at Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara

The 14th-century pleasure palace has reopened after a two-year renovation – and its mysteries are as diverting as ever

25 Sep 2020
Le Rêve (detail) (1888), Édouard Detaille. Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

‘The roll call of artists who donned a uniform in 1870 is remarkable’

The Franco-Prussian war led to lasting political change and left behind a rich visual record

16 Sep 2020
Water Birds (1829), Katsushika Hokusai.

Acquisitions of the Month: August 2020

A trove of newly discovered Hokusai drawings and a 17th-century ‘friendship book’ are among this month’s highlights

10 Sep 2020
Robert Freeman (1936–2019)

The late Robert Freeman was the Beatles’ favourite photographer – and now his entire archive has been stolen

From his portraits of Khrushchev and John Coltrane to celebrated album covers for the Beatles, Freeman’s entire archive was taken just weeks after his death

8 Sep 2020
The Sursock Palace in the aftermath of the 4 August blast. Photo: Gregory Buchakjian

After the blast – at the Sursock Palace and Museum in Beirut

Surveying the damage at this landmark suggests how long and difficult the road to rebuild Beirut – once again – will be

3 Sep 2020
THE END (2020) by Heather Phillipson, installed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London. Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Sugar high – the fine art of fast food

A super-sized dollop of whipped cream now tops the Fourth Plinth – and there’s plenty more where that came from

1 Sep 2020