Peter Sellers holding a bust of himself.

The punchy paintings of Peter Sellers

Peter Sellers gave action painting a new spin in a sketch with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in 1965

16 May 2020
After a day crammed with videocalls.

The museums offering remedies for Zoom gloom

Fed up with video calls, Rakewell finds light relief in teleporting himself (if only) to Waddesdon Manor and the Met

7 May 2020

Performing Dr. Seuss – from Michelle Obama to Dr. Dre

Celebrities have often performed Dr. Seuss to kids to extol the benefits of reading – but should they have rapped through the books instead?

1 May 2020

The card lads of German football

The fans of Borussia Mönchengladbach are to make up for closed stadiums by attending matches in the form of cardboard cutouts

28 Apr 2020

How Apollo made its mark on Lovejoy

Your favourite art magazine has been spotted in the vintage BBC comedy-drama – though always in the hands of dodgy antiques dealers

24 Apr 2020

Homeschooling with Danny Dyer

BBC Bitesize has announced that Danny Dyer and Sergio Agüero are among the celebrities joining its homeschooling programme. But who’s going to teach art?

21 Apr 2020

A cultural tour of Jon Snow’s bookshelves

Rakewell has been eyeing up the broadcaster’s learned library while watching Channel 4 News

17 Apr 2020

Curatorial cocktails at the Frick

The curators at the Frick are to brighten up cocktail hour in Manhattan – and Rakewell is already pouring himself a drink

9 Apr 2020

Homemade masterworks – from the sublime to the ridiculous

With oodles of toilet paper and canned fish, it seems anyone can recreate an artistic masterpiece at home

1 Apr 2020

Au revoir, Albert Uderzo – on Asterix in different tongues

Rakewell bids farewell to the co-creator of Asterix by taking a tour through his characters – and how their names have shifted in translation

27 Mar 2020

The Courtauld quizzers come a cropper

After a solid run on University Challenge, the Courtauld team met its match in Jesus College, Oxford – and too many questions about art history

19 Mar 2020
Tribuna of the Uffizi (detail; 1772–77), Johann Zoffany. Royal Collection. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Don’t stand so close to me! Art in an age of contagion

Some scenes of art appreciation that wouldn’t pass muster in stricter viewing conditions

7 Mar 2020
Sculpture of Romulus and Remus suckling at a she-wolf in the Musei Capitolini. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Has the tomb of Romulus really been found – or is someone crying wolf?

Claims that the resting place of the legendary founder of Rome has been discovered cause Rakewell to raise an eyebrow

28 Feb 2020
Photo: Leon Neal/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Star Turner – The Fighting Temeraire, from biscuit tin to banknote

With the new £20 note in circulation, there are now two billion more copies of the much-reproduced painting in existence

22 Feb 2020
The Galerie des Glaces at the Chateau de Versailles, Photo: Myrabella/Wikimedia commons

The Versailles of Wales, Vienna, Hampstead, Belarus…

Every country has its own Versailles, right? Rakewell rounds them up

14 Feb 2020
On the left is Caravaggio’s Boy with a Basket of Fruit. On the right is Sex Education’s Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield)

Sex Education meets art history

The students of Moordale High have been reimagined as a cast of painted saints and sinners

9 Feb 2020

Michelangelo in the Curva Nord

At the recent Rome derby, the Stadio Olimpico was transformed in the Sistine Chapel (sort of)

31 Jan 2020
The Magna Carta in Salisbury.

The altruism of art theft

An attempt to steal the Magna Carta prompts Rakewell to wonder whether there is such a thing as a public-spirited heist

31 Jan 2020

Sajid Javid in the thick of it

Was the Chancellor of the Exchequer channelling an infamous fictional spin-doctor when he agreed to be interviewed in a Westminster cafe?

25 Jan 2020
K-pop group BTS field questions from Hans Ulrich Obrist at a press conference on 14 January 2019 at the Serpentine in London

Only connect – K-pop beams into the Serpentine Galleries

The Korean boyband BTS is collaborating on a global art project. Rakewell heads down to the Serpentine Galleries to find out why…

14 Jan 2020
Workmen riveting the bases of the Eiffel Tower in place using hydraulic power in c. 1888.

A riveting souvenir of the Eiffel Tower

The monument has been celebrating its 130th birthday by peddling limited edition rivets – yours to own for just €525 apiece!

10 Jan 2020
Claes Bang as Dracula.

The fine art holdings of Claes Bang’s Dracula

A new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel has Castle Dracula kitted out with silver, tapestries, and suitably sinister portraits

3 Jan 2020

The Royal Academy goes gonzo

This week the institution elected the first female president in its 251-year history. Its Twitter account seems to be taking an *even* more radical direction

13 Dec 2019
Julia Ormond as Julia and Ben Barnes as Benjamin in Gold Digger.

From Gold Digger to Gossip Girl – meet cutes at the museum

If films and television are anything to go by, it seems the main raison to go to an art gallery is to find a date

7 Dec 2019