A detail from Vincent Van Gogh’s, Olive grove with two olive pickers, December 1889 Saint-Rémy, oil on canvas 73.3 x 92.2 cm.
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo © Collection Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands
The pickers and sinewy olives in this painting all strain upward towards the hope of spiritual salvation. But six months after he completed it, Vincent Van Gogh walked out into a wheat field and shot himself.
The robot Berenson in 2015.
Robots are strange creatures, and not only because they might steal our jobs. We humans actually have good reason to be a little worried about these machines.
Duncan Grant © Tate
In what ways do our sexual pleasures and fantasies inform the way we see the world?
Mathematical visualization techniques led the author to create this virtual scene, showing shapes from the realm of mathematics bursting into the physical world.
It's a golden age for visualization in mathematics. How tools like 3-D printing, animation and even knitting machines are reimagining the way mathematicians study and share their work.
Augustin Burdet (engraver) French active (19th century) Victor Marie Picot (after) Cupid and Psyche (c. 1817) engraving.
39.9 x 49.2 cm (image), 49.4 x 57.5 cm (sheet) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1927 (3506-3)
In early modern times, wooing happened at balls and markets and in churches; while sex was obtained in bathhouses, inns, brothels and alleyways. Art tells the story.
Charles Sheeler, American Landscape, 1930. Photo © 2016. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence
The Royal Academy’s two shows allow us to dive into the history of US/Soviet relations at their most vivid.
Not what most Egyptians see when they look out their windows.
The pastiche-style poster art ubiquitous in Egyptian houses and businesses reveals how locals imagine far-off landscapes, idealise nature and define beauty.
Rowan Griffiths/Daily Mirror/PA Archive/PA Images
A more intimate connection with the details of migrants crossing the Mediterranean can happen through art.
Detail of Brook Andrew, Sexy and dangerous 1996.
courtesy National Gallery of Victoria
A 20th-century image of an anonymous 'Aboriginal Chief' becomes an investigation of power, colonialism and queer sexuality in the hands of Brook Andrew.
City People Notebook.
Will Eisner Studios
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of graphic-novel pioneer Will Eisner, with a starring role at a festival in France and an exhibition at New York's Museum of Illustration.
Visions of the future, from the early 20th century.
Umberto Boccioni: Dynamism of a Cyclist
A transcript from a segment of The Anthill podcast about the futuristic visions of Filippo Marinetti.
La Palma, 2014 © Wolfgang Tillmans
Exploring the role and limits of photography is a task that appears all the more relevant in the era of fake news.
An exhibition installation view of Adman: Warhol Before Pop at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
ll artworks from The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc/ARS
Andy Warhol not only drew brands, he became one. A new exhibition in Sydney sheds light on his early career in advertising.
Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows. John Constable, 1830-1.
Why a mysteriously placed rainbow made perfect symbolic sense – and how weather experts knew the exact date that it appeared.
The Museum of Water at Cottesloe Beach, WA documents displays sample of water collected by donors.
The Museum of Water invites people to bring samples of water significant to them.
Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Warhol has become one of the most well known artists in the world, but his work still has secrets to reveal.
In the face of planetary problems such as climate change, does national citizenship lose its meaning?
University of Sheffield
Science cannot ensure a sustainable future for the world’s population on its own. Artists are needed as well.
‘Maus’ and ‘Watchmen’ are two of the most well-known graphic novels.
The graphic novel has become a literary phenomenon, but the name doesn't adequately describe the medium's flexibility, diversity and potential.
A still image from Orbital Venus.
An Australian virtual reality work premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this week takes the viewer on a wild ride through space.