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

Acquisitions of the Month: May 2022

This month’s highlights include a silver casket that may have played a part in the downfall of Mary, Queen of Scots

2 Jun 2022
Central Park Tower and the Steinway Tower on Billionaires’ Row in New York City.

Why are New York’s new skyscrapers so bad?

As the Manhattan skyline keeps getting higher, the quality of the skyscrapers crowding the horizon seems to be getting lower and lower

30 May 2022
Page from the Chronique de Saint Nicholas de Reims (13th century).

What medieval Christians thought about climate change

Christians in the Middle Ages believed that there was no bad weather in paradise after the Creation and before the Fall of Man

30 May 2022
Detail of Trafalgar Square by Piet Mondrian

Off the grid – the side of Mondrian you’ve never seen before

A completely overlooked painting, left out of the artist’s catalogue raisonné, makes the case for an unexpectedly messier and much more interesting career

30 May 2022

Grand designs – how Gio Ponti transformed Palazzo Bo

The University of Padua may be 800 years old, but this ancient institution is also home to masterpieces of 20th-century design

30 May 2022

A closer look at William Kent’s gilded ceilings at Houghton Hall

With a new book dedicated to William Kent’s Houghton Hall ceilings, Apollo takes a closer look at the depiction of Venus in the Green Velvet Drawing Room

30 May 2022

Gnarled histories – winemaking in Algeria

Though France is now better known for its winemaking industry, the country owes the survival of its connoisseurship to Algeria

30 May 2022
Double take – Picasso’s Seated Nude (detail; 1909–10) and El Greco's Penitent Magdalene (detail; c. 1580–85), El Greco. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2022

How El Greco rocked Picasso’s world

Carmen Giménez, the curator of an upcoming exhibition in Basel, talks to Apollo about the modernist’s lifelong debt to the Old Master

30 May 2022

Can an exhibition represent a nation?

Exhibitions can successfully capture a cultural and social moment, but they are as much a glimpse into the mindset of the curators as they are into the art of that time

30 May 2022

Fresh flavours at the National Gallery’s new restaurant

The gallery’s gloomy dining room is now a thing of the past. The restaurant has an elegant new look and menu to match

30 May 2022

Cosmopolitan oil dealer Calouste Gulbenkian’s rich pickings

The Armenian businessman had a taste for portable items of beauty and cherished his collection as though it were an extension of himself

27 May 2022

Acquisitions of the Month: April 2022

A terrifically grumpy portrait of Goya and a mythical landscape by Paul Bril are among this month’s highlights

5 May 2022

The art of armour – uncovering the details of a Renaissance shield

Pierre Terjanian of the Metropolitan Museum of Art tells Apollo why a Renaissance pageant shield is such a beguiling work of art

28 Apr 2022

Lines of control – the story of Jackson Pollock’s drips

The American painter may be famed for a chaotic approach, but in reality he had complete command of his materials – and he owed his technique to a printmaker

28 Apr 2022
Philip Guston Dawn

Mixed emotions – the uneasy art of Philip Guston

The artist’s motivations for painting hooded Ku Klux Klan figures were as complicated and unsettling as our reactions as viewers might be

28 Apr 2022

Cult status – the idiosyncratic portraits of Glyn Philpot

The painter’s contemporaries saw him as a successor to Sargent, but his depictions of Black and queer subjects may stand out more today

28 Apr 2022
Marcela Correa sculptures

An elegant pairing of modern art and Chilean wine

Blending wine, art and hospitality, Viña Vik wine estate invites visitors to indulge in the totality of aesthetic pleasure

28 Apr 2022

Elizabeth David’s taste in Old Masters

Suspicious of photography’s ability to illustrate her colourful accounts of culinary history, food writer Elizabeth David looked to the Old Masters instead

28 Apr 2022
The exterior of Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire, designed by Henry Flitcroft

How the Versailles of Yorkshire was saved from ruin

Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest stately home in England, has at last been restored to something of its former glory

28 Apr 2022

Forgotten artist Maeve Gilmore comes into her own

Maeve Gilmore thrived on the demands of domesticity – and her family is now on a mission to make her art much better known

28 Apr 2022

The must-see pavilions at the Venice Biennale

From Simone Leigh’s monumental sculptures to Zineb Sedira’s inventive sets, this year’s Venice Biennale presents a rich and varied portrait of contemporary art across the globe

21 Apr 2022
Procuratie Vecchie

Full circle – the Procuratie Vecchie in Venice returns to its social roots

Formerly home to the Venetian officials who cared for the city’s poor, the newly restored historic building now serves the local community as well as tourists

21 Apr 2022