Rakewell

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Why Squid Game looks so strangely familiar

The hit series takes many of its visual cues from M.C. Escher – and a host of other films that have been inspired by the Dutch artist

10 Oct 2021
Shoes (1886), Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Sole survivors – how to draw your way out of heartbreak

Some unusual relationship advice has recently caught Rakewell’s eye. Next time you’re nursing a broken heart, why not try drawing your shoe?

28 Sep 2021
Model citizen: Miriam Margolyes at the UK premiere of ‘The Carer’ on 5 August, 2016.

When Miriam Margolyes met Augustus John

The actor offered her services as a life model to the painter when she was 19. One can only wonder that she got away so lightly

24 Sep 2021
Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, in a publicity still for ‘The Maltese Falcon’ (1941).

The mystery of the real-life Maltese Falcon

The film noir starring Humphrey Bogart is back in cinemas – but the confusion over what happened to the statuettes of the falcon remains to be cleared up

19 Sep 2021
Ponying up at the National Gallery.

My Little Pony rides again – at the National Gallery

Masterpieces of equestrian art are about to get some rainbow-coloured companions, thanks to an augmented-reality makeover

12 Sep 2021
I Love You a Latte (2021), Jemima Sara

The artists who have turned to coffee for their creative fuel

Making coffee might be considered an art form – but don’t forget the artistic possibilities offered by the substance itself

3 Sep 2021
Jay-Z and Beyoncé pose with Basquiat’s ‘Equals Pi’ (1982) in Tiffany’s ‘About Love’ campaign.

The shady affair of the Tiffany-blue Basquiat

Now that the jeweller has found a painting in just the right shade of its corporate colours, can other brands be far behind?

28 Aug 2021

Clueless in Crete – Dominic Raab holidays while Kabul falls

We don’t know if the foreign secretary made it to the Palace of Knossos, but his career may soon be ancient history

20 Aug 2021
Elon-gated Venus: Elon Musk and Grimes visiting the Uffizi

Elon Musk’s day out at the Uffizi

Where Winckelmann and Walter Pater have trod, the tech entrepreneur follows

11 Aug 2021
Whimsy galore: Glasgow decked out as Philadelphia for the arrival of Indiana Jones. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Glasgow gets dolled up for the movies

Filming for Batman and Indiana Jones has transformed the city in recent weeks – to the delight of Glaswegians

6 Aug 2021
Sales force? Justin Bieber for Balenciaga’s Fall 2021 ready-to-wear collection.

Will Balenciaga make Beliebers of us all?

The former teen idol turned fashion icon is in full Renaissance prince mode in Balenciaga’s latest campaign

30 Jul 2021
Blue rinse and repeat: Damien Hirst with The Currency artworks.

Damien Hirst, new kid on the blockchain

Damien Hirst has joined the NFT funfair – and he’s even brought former Bank of England governor Mark Carney along for the ride

23 Jul 2021
Shy Renaissance? Cicciolina promoting Pornhub's 'Classic Nudes' campaign

Lewd Louvre, porno Prado – Pornhub makes a foray into fine art

The adult streaming site Pornhub has roused some of the world’s most revered nude paintings to life in a series of graphic videos

16 Jul 2021

In Denmark, a very silly, supersized sandcastle

The tallest sandcastle ever built towers over a seaside town – and there’s no risk of the waves washing it away

9 Jul 2021
Denise Coates accepting her CBE at Buckingham Palace in 2012.

The Courtauld takes a punt on the queen of online gambling

The Courtauld has named its new exhibition galleries after Bet365 billionaire Denise Coates – and Rakewell has a suggestion for the exhibition programme

2 Jul 2021

Rio Ferdinand, model maker

The footballer-turned-pundit has designed a model stadium. Don’t hold your breath for a work of art, writes Rakewell – it’s been crafted to hold a crowd of mass-produced sausage snacks

2 Jul 2021

Poor Matt Hancock – he could still be taking it easy as culture secretary

The beleaguered health secretary probably enjoyed the culture brief more than his current role

25 Jun 2021
The Tartan Army arrives at Kings Cross.

Check mates: the Tartan Army and its royal robes

Travelling Scottish football fans don everything from fake ginger sideburns to traditional Hawaiian dress – but they also have a right royal tartan of their own

18 Jun 2021
Renaissance lads: Puma’s FIGC home kit

The fine art (of sorts) of Euro 2020 football kits

The Italians have opted for a ‘Renaissance design’ – although the floral patterning looks more William Morris than Michelangelo

11 Jun 2021
Stephen Hawking in his office at the Department of Advanced Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, commissioned by the Science Museum Group in 2011 to mark Hawking’s 70th birthday.

Offices have become museum pieces – in the case of Stephen Hawking’s, literally

The contents of the late scientist’s office are heading to the Science Museum in London – and it’s not the first workspace to be preserved in this way

28 May 2021
The Mock-Turtle (right) in ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ (1865), illustrated by John Tenniel.

Mock turtle soup in the museum

Heston Blumenthal’s homage to the famous dish is served up in the V&A’s Alice in Wonderland show

21 May 2021
Two of the dinosaur sculptures in Crystal Palace Park.

Extinction rebellion – the Jurassic parks of London and beyond

A band of dynamic dinosaurs is arriving in the UK this summer – but will they be a match for the Victorian sculptures at Crystal Palace Park?

14 May 2021

In defence of giant squid sculptures

A town in Japan has spent coronavirus relief funds on a giant squid sculpture – a fine addition to the tradition of squid art, says Rakewell

7 May 2021
Cubes of cubism: chocolatiers at work on their rendering of Picasso’s anti-war masterpiece in April 2021.

Bittersweet moment: confecting Guernica out of chocolate

A team of Basque chocolatiers has made a life-size replica of Picasso’s monochrome masterpiece

27 Apr 2021