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How did the great liberator of Venice end up in Ham House?

A portrait of the 17th-century polymath and intellectual superstar Paolo Sarpi hangs in a corner of a house that once belonged to a wealthy tyrant

10 Feb 2023

Acquisitions of the Month: January 2023

A first for the Frick and a Caillebotte at the Musée d’Orsay are among the most important works to enter museum collections this month

3 Feb 2023
The court room at Vintners’ Hall in London

In good company – at the Vintners’ Hall in the City of London

The Worshipful Company of Vintners still provides a very convivial welcome

30 Jan 2023

How Christopher Wren built his reputation

On the 300th anniversary of his death, the architect’s fame remains unassailable – but the character of the man is more contested than ever, writes Matthew Walker

30 Jan 2023

The tale of the magpie that taunted a tiger

Robert Mintz of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco explains how tensions between tigers and magpies in Korean folk tales made their way on to a porcelain vase

30 Jan 2023

Modern myths about ancient Egypt

In Turin, traces of ancient Egypt are never far away, which makes it a welcoming place for contemporary artists with a historical bent

30 Jan 2023

The family that made John Singer Sargent feel at home

The painter’s close friendship with the Wertheimers is quite evident in the many portraits he made of them all

30 Jan 2023

Silicon Valley’s highly developed sense of self

Tech companies have long tried to put a human face on their latest innovations, with varying degrees of success

30 Jan 2023

Knives out – the fine art of carving meat

In the 17th century, tips for carving could often be gleaned at the card table

27 Jan 2023
German photographer Gerda Taro

The unflinching gaze of Gerda Taro

The photographer who bore witness to the Spanish Civil War paid the ultimate price for her fearlessness

26 Jan 2023

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