Mada'in Saleh (Hegra), Jabal al-Khraymat. The tomb on the far left belonged to Amat and her daughters.

The kingdom built on frankincense and myrrh

A $20 billion project to transform Saudi Arabia’s al-Ula region has brought attention to a little-known ancient site

25 Apr 2018
Shallow bowl depicting the muse Clio (c. 1535/40), workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli, Gubbio, Italy; Clio (Muse of History), (c. 1465), Master of the E-series Tarocchi

‘In the age of print, art became European’

What Renaissance ceramics tell us about the European print culture of the time

23 Apr 2018

Celebrating Romani art and culture at the first Roma Biennale

The first Roma Biennale offered a riot of contemporary Romani art and performance

19 Apr 2018
Gillian Ayres at home in Barnes, London, in 1961.

A tribute to Gillian Ayres (1930–2018)

Ayres has died at the age of 88 after a long, vibrant career as one of Britain’s leading abstract painters

18 Apr 2018
Lion head from the Royal Cemetery of Ur, (c. 2450 BC), Sumerian, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia

Ancient civilisations get a modern makeover at the Penn Museum

The museum’s collection of more than a million artefacts is being redisplayed in a major refurbishment

14 Apr 2018
Sun Tunnels, Nancy Holt

Acquisitions of the month: March 2018

A major work of land art by Nancy Holt and Liotard’s largest extant work on pastel are among this month’s top acquisitions

11 Apr 2018
The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, 2017.

How contemporary initiatives are reviving historic sites in Rajasthan

A sculpture park in a hill fort and a mansion showing Indian crafts are just two signs of the region’s cultural renaissance

11 Apr 2018
Edward Bawden (1903–89) photographed in 1989.

Epistolary exchanges with Edward Bawden

Peyton Skipwith remembers two decades of friendship and correspondence with the British artist

8 Apr 2018
The Gale, Winslow Homer, Worcester Art Museum

The quiet transformation of the Worcester Art Museum

The Massachusetts institution is a small museum with a world-class collection – and it may even have a Leonardo

31 Mar 2018

Pilgrims and parrots in Jordan’s city of mosaics

Madaba preserves traces of the ancient Greek-Christian culture of the Middle East

19 Mar 2018
Hubert de Givenchy photographed in September 2012 alongside a figure of Bacchus (c. 1700), attributed to François Girardon.

Hubert de Givenchy (1927–2018)

Hubert de Givenchy, the celebrated couturier and collector of fine and decorative art, has died at at the age of 91

13 Mar 2018
Sylvia Pankhurst painting onto the façade of the Women's Social Defence League shop in Bow Street, London (11 October 1912).

Sylvia Pankhurst and the art of suffrage

How Sylvia Pankhurst designed the movement that won women the vote

8 Mar 2018
Windmills near Zaandam (1871), Claude Monet.

Beyond TEFAF – more to see in Maastricht and the region

A look at some of the impressive satellite shows being staged alongside TEFAF

6 Mar 2018
Nymph of the Spring (ca. 1540), Lucas Cranach the Younger. Courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art

Acquisitions of the month: February 2018

A Duchamp readymade owned by Robert Rauschenberg and an Etruscan bronze are among this month’s top acquisitions

6 Mar 2018
The central courtyard at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico City, Daniele Falletta/Alamy Stock Photo

The monuments that made Mexico

The Museo Nacional de Antropologia presents a thrilling sequence of Mexican civilisations from the second millennium BC to the present day

2 Mar 2018
Our Lady of Sorrows, view of the interior looking towards the main altar, with the painting of Christ taken down from the Cross now attributed to Pietra Testa above, Reproduced by permission of the Provost and Fellows of Eton College

The Catholic chapel that cost Eton one pound

An early 20th-century copy of a baroque chapel has been restored to its former glory

28 Feb 2018
Sculpture at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, photo: © Robert Harding/Alamy Stock Photos

What national museums tell us about national identities

Museums of national history put the stories countries like to tell about themselves into physical form

26 Feb 2018
Hylas and the Nymphs (detail; 1896), J.W. Waterhouse. Manchester Art Gallery

Speaking up about art

Conversation can be a important and enjoyable way of paying attention to artworks

26 Feb 2018
I am Not An Artist, (2016), Thaer Maarouf, courtesy the artist

‘We can’t talk about the war because we are still in the middle of it’

What kind of art are Syrian artists making, if they are able to make art at all?

24 Feb 2018
Outposts of Empire: Central Australia (detail; 1938). John Vickery. Royal Mail Archive, Postal Museum, London

First class: the art of the Post Office

How Britain’s postal system has inspired artists, from its origins in the 16th century to today

17 Feb 2018
Hylas and the Nymphs (detail; 1896), J.W. Waterhouse. Manchester Art Gallery

The very Victorian nymphs of J.W. Waterhouse

How did the first viewers of ‘Hylas and the Nymphs’ interpret the painting?

16 Feb 2018

‘Tell me who Kandinsky is’: T.S. Eliot among the artists

Can T.S. Eliot’s poetic experiments be read alongside parallel developments in the visual arts? And how much has he influenced artists?

10 Feb 2018
Beach at Portici (detail; 1874), Mariano Fortuny y Marsal. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas

Acquisitions of the month: January 2018

The finest additions to public collections this month include a crop of modern European artworks, from Munch to Mondrian

8 Feb 2018
Mugs (1944), Ben Nicholson.

A new look for Kettle’s Yard

After a major refurbishment, Kettle’s Yard is reopening – but it remains true to the spirit of its founder, Jim Ede

3 Feb 2018