Acquisitions of the Month: December 2022

A donation of 220 works by Philip Guston from the artist’s daughter and a portrait of one of Louis XV’s most controversial aides are among this month’s highlights

6 Jan 2023
The National Portrait Gallery’s forecourt proposal by Jamie Fobert Architects. © Forbes Massie

The museum openings not to miss in 2023

The new-look National Portrait Gallery in London and the International African American Museum in Charleston are among the highlights of the year ahead

3 Jan 2023

The royal christening gift that did sterling service

George II gave his god-daughter a decorative silver bowl that was later put to surprisingly practical use

3 Jan 2023
Wooded landscape with Herdsman Seated

The landscape that shaped Gainsborough’s view of the world

The painter’s house in Suffolk now tells a compelling story about his formative influence

3 Jan 2023
Venice vineyard

Making wine in Venice is a very exclusive affair

The wines of the Veneto need no introduction, but it’s worth getting to know the ones produced inside the city itself

3 Jan 2023
The Death of Decius Mus by Peter Paul Rubens

Rubens and an outstanding display of Roman virtue

While the painter’s designs for the Decius Mus cycle were used to create several sets of tapestries, the version now in Kilkenny Castle in Ireland is in a class of its own

3 Jan 2023
Sarah Lucas

‘Eggs are rarely as simple as they seem’

A new book turns the staple into a star and unscrambles its significance beyond the kitchen

1 Jan 2023
Paris Street, Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte

The subtle details that put Paris streets ahead

Street lights, kiosks and benches are easy to ignore, but they can make all the difference to how a city look and feels

1 Jan 2023

The Venetian artists who vied with the ancients

Working in an Italian city with no Roman past allowed painters and sculptors to put their own spin on classical antiquity

1 Jan 2023
The Interview Dana Schutz

Sculpture from the scrapyard and Simone Leigh’s first museum survey – contemporary art highlights in 2023

Exhibitions to look forward to include some major retrospectives and shows that pick up where the Venice Biennale left off

30 Dec 2022
Render showing 55 Bishopsgate within the eastern cluster of the City of London.

Super-high skyscrapers and sensitive restorations – the year ahead in architecture

The prospect of more towering edifices on the horizon is hardly cheering, but there are more grounded projects to look forward to

28 Dec 2022
Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt (detail; 1876), Georges Clairin.

The major art anniversaries to look out for in 2023

Joshua Reynolds, Sarah Bernhardt and Pablo Picasso are all being celebrated in anniversary events this year

28 Dec 2022
Eleanor of Toledo Bronzino

The first lady of Florence: how Eleanor of Toledo made her presence felt

Marrying into the Medici family made the Spanish noblewoman one of the most important artistic patrons of her day

16 Dec 2022

Through the grapevine – the secret ceremony of Château Mouton Rothschild’s artist collaborations

Last week Peter Doig was revealed as the latest artist to design a label for the chateau – a tradition that began in 1945 and remains shrouded in mystery

8 Dec 2022
Photo: © Anne-Katrin Purkiss, 1991; courtesy studio fo Tom Phillips

The most approachable avant-garde artist in Britain – a tribute to Tom Phillips (1937–2022)

The artist who effortlessly crossed genres, but stayed close to south London, was best known for ‘A Humument’, a masterpiece 50 years in the making

4 Dec 2022

Acquisitions of the Month: November 2022

Leonardo da Vinci’s sketch of a grumpy woman and an elaborate art nouveau tea set once owned by Karl Lagerfeld are among this month’s highlights

1 Dec 2022
Adoration of the Shepherds (detail; 1485), Domenico Ghirlandaio. Santa Trinità, Florence

Mother superior – a very proud Mary in Florence

Packed with nods to the patron for whom it was painted, the ‘Adoration of the Shepherds’ is one of Domenico Ghirlandaio’s most appealing works

28 Nov 2022
The Sorceress Circe or Melissa by Dosso Dossi (c. 1518)

A mysterious Renaissance sorceress still casts her spell

The history of Dosso Dossi’s painting of the ‘sorceress’ – otherwise known as Melissa – reveals a bewitching tale of romance

28 Nov 2022
Gene Hackman in The Conversation

Surveillance tactics – the art of spying on screen

The Cinémathèque française’s unsettling show about film-making and espionage reveals how much the two activities have in common

28 Nov 2022
The Wine of Saint Martin’s Day

Mulling it over – how spiced wine became the festive drink of choice

Mulled wine may be the fuel for contemporary Christmas celebrations but drinking it is a tradition that dates back to antiquity

28 Nov 2022
Derek Jarman

How did British artists respond to the AIDS crisis?

While Britain was no less affected by the disease than the United States, the response of its gay artists at the start of the crisis was provocatively distinct

28 Nov 2022

An appetite for art – sampling the Tate’s Cézanne-inspired menu

A menu designed to accompany the gallery’s survey of the artist pays homage to the flavours of Provence, but doesn’t quite live up to the works on show

28 Nov 2022
The Three Witches or Weird Sisters

How Henry Fuseli turned poems into paintings

Few 18th-century painters were more enthusiastic about embracing English literature than the Swiss-born artist

28 Nov 2022
The Parrot Room at the Palazzo Davanzati.

The medieval Palazzo Davanzati in Florence is full of hidden wonders

Newly restored, this museum is both an architectural treasure and home to works by Masaccio’s unfairly overlooked younger brother

18 Nov 2022