A self-portrait of the artist Thomas Eakins, one of the most celebrated painters in American history.
National Academy Museum, New York
If we’re going to grasp what makes Eakins' art so tragically powerful, we should be honest about the man who made them – and the impulses that drove him.
Sir Anthony Van Dyck’s Charles I. Google Art Project.
Charles I's belief that art was a way of projecting power bankrupted England and alienated his people. The rest is history.
Aphrodite of Menophantos, Praxiteles (4th century BCE). Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome, Italy.
Five decades on from the original series our idea of what makes civilisation has broadened.
Detail from Little Big Woman: Condescension, Debra Keenahan, 2017.
Designed and made by Debra Keenahan, Photograph by Robert Brindley.
For centuries, women with dwarfism were depicted in art as comic or grotesque fairytale beings. But artists are challenging these portrayals and notions of beauty and physical difference.
A Confederate statue lies on a pallet in a warehouse in Durham, North Carolina after protesters toppled and defaced it.
AP Photo/Allen Breed
Over the course of human history, symbols and monuments have invoked violent impulses and destruction.
Was setting fire to all that money immoral waste, ritual sacrifice or artistic statement?
The Robert E. Lee statue for which the ‘Unite the Right’ rally was organized to protest its removal in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The violence sparked by the removal of Confederate statues in the US shows the ideas that collect around historical monuments. Sometimes it's better to remove them; yet they can be an important way of remembering trauma.
Is there a geometry lesson hidden in ‘The Last Supper’?
Mathematics and art are generally viewed as very different. But a trip through history – from an Islamic palace to Pollock's paintings – proves the parallels between the two can be uncanny.
Rose Skinner opened her bespoke gallery in 1958.
Rose Skinner opened her Perth gallery in 1958. But her contribution to the art world has been skimmed in Christopher Heathcote's recent look at Australia's early art market.
‘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.
Umberto Boccioni’s Charge of the Lancers.
War got the futurists noticed and earned them new respect.
Watercolour painting of a Haida painted wooden mask.
Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford 2014.89.1a
With the refugee crisis, Brexit, and the rise of populist extremism, we must defend the teaching of anthropology. And in doing so, we might expand and rethink ideas of "the humanities".
'Posh white girls' are unjustifiably taking the brunt of reports of the last art history A-level but casualties are all those the exam board had been moving to reach out to.
The X-rays of the Australian Synchrotron reveal a remarkably clear picture of the woman’s face.
It took cutting edge technology and a collaboration between the Australian Synchrotron and the CSIRO to reveal the mysterious hidden lady in Degas's famous painting.
The Man in the Black Cravat, now by Lucian Freud.
How expert opinion can out-trump the artist's own word.
Detail of Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait with monkeys 1943.
The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © 2016 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF
The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo kept monkeys as pets and painted them often. They symbolised the children she couldn't have and were worshipped as gods of fertility in Aztec times.
Detail of ‘The Morteratsch Glacier, Upper Engadine Valley, Pontresina,’ by Albert Bierstadt, 1895.
A new field of research aims to deepen, and even quantify, our understanding of artistic style. We use mathematical techniques to help discover novel insights, even in well-studied paintings.
Visitors look at the painting The Visit from 1939 by Paul Delvaux during the 2011 exhibition Surrealism in Paris.
As the longest-running avant-garde movement of the 20th century, Surrealism's scope and richness is perhaps unparalleled in its influence of modern art and culture.
Long Island gallerist Glafira Rosales (left) sold fake paintings to Knoedler director Ann Freedman (right), who then turned them around for millions. Was Freedman aware that they were fakes?
What, exactly, was going on at the Knoedler Gallery in the years leading up to a forgery indictment?
Han van Meegeren’s Vermeer forgery, Christ and the Adulteress.
The best forgers don't simply create convincing fakes; they go after the preconceived beliefs of the very people who judge a painting's value and authenticity.