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 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
Installation view of 'Gurlitt: Status Report' at the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 2017

Face to face with the Gurlitt hoard

The paintings that Cornelius Gurlitt, son of a Third Reich art dealer, kept hidden for decades are now out in the open – so what happens next?

31 Jan 2018
Jack Whitten photographed in his studio in 2015.

The art and wisdom of Jack Whitten

He’ll be remembered for his restless abstract experiments, but Whitten also had a deep moral instinct

30 Jan 2018
General View of Inner Geumgang, (detail) (mid 19th century) Sin Hakgwon.

A mystical Korean mountain comes to the Met

The Diamond Mountains have inspired Korean artists for centuries – and some of its best depictions are coming to New York

29 Jan 2018
Painted model for the apse fresco of the Gesù (detail; 1690), Giovanni Battista Gaulli. Church of the Gesù, Rome.

The Jesuit masterpieces coming to Connecticut

The Society of Jesus commissioned extraordinary works for its mother church in Rome – and they’re about to go on display on the East Coast

25 Jan 2018
The Schmadribach Waterfall above Lauterbrunnen (detail; c.1793), Joseph Anton Koch. Purchased by the British Museum with the assistance of The Art Fund, the American Friends of the British Museum, the Tavolozza Foundation, Charles Booth-Clibborn, the Wakefield Trust and the Ottley Group

A significant Alpine landscape at the British Museum

Joseph Anton Koch’s drawing of a waterfall is an outstanding early Romantic view of Switzerland

22 Jan 2018
Pickett’s Charge (Battle) (detail; 2016–17), Mark Bradford.

Mark Bradford confronts the myths of America’s past

The artist draws on 19th-century battle scenes to create a very different historical narrative at the Hirshhorn

16 Jan 2018
Camillo Borghese (c. 1810), François-Pascal-Simon Gérard. Courtesy of The Frick Collection, New York

Acquisitions of the month: December 2017

Last month’s acquisitions include a portrait of a hirsute lady, and a major purchase for the Frick

13 Jan 2018
Eugene Thaw

Eugene Thaw (1927–2018)

Eugene Thaw, the collector of drawings and celebrated art dealer, has died at the age of 90

9 Jan 2018
Vivian Maier (1926–2009) often photographed her reflection in mirrors or windows, © 2018 The Estate of Vivian Maier

The double lives of outsider artists

Vivian Maier took thousands of photographs, but showed them to no one. Why are some artists so determined to keep their work secret?

8 Jan 2018
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust (Femme nue, feuilles et buste) (detail; 1932), Pablo Picasso. Private Collection © Succession Picasso/DACS London, 2017

The reopening of the Hayward Gallery and a Tacita Dean trilogy

It’s a big year for museums in the UK, with reopenings, expansions, and collaborations in London and Cambridge

6 Jan 2018