Detail from Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, c. 1616. Her role playing predates by centuries the preoccupations of artists such as Cindy Sherman.
Born into late-16th century Papal Rome, Gentileschi transcended the path of utter obscurity that was the lot of her female peers to become one of the most famous painters of the day.
In Rome, 70 per cent of ingredients in school meals are required by law to be organic. In Brazil, food is a constitutional right for children. Canada lags shamefully behind.
There would be many benefits from a national school food program, including a chance to teach children healthy eating habits that could last a lifetime. Why can't it happen?
Residents of Pandanad sit in a bus stop surrounded by flood waters, in Kerala, India.
Uncontrolled growth at the expense of the environment will severely exacerbate the impacts of climate change. As shown with tragic floods in India, our cities are not prepared for extreme events.
The dark side of Italian infrastructure.
In the region of Liguria, and the city of Genoa itself, Calabrian mafia clans have been infiltrating construction projects for decades.
The Ponte Morandi bridge, Genoa, after its collapse, which has claimed dozens of lives.
Bridge engineering does not end when construction finishes and traffic starts to flow.
Sergio Marchionne was Fiat chief for 14 years.
Marchionne set new leadership standards as CEO of the Fiat family business. His successor, Mike Manley, must build on his legacy.
Trump and Merkel: Friends, foes or frenemies?
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
The president, who called the European Union a 'foe' following a series of meetings in Europe, may not realize just how much Americans have gained from their relationship with Europe.
Waiting at the asylum registration centre at the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Newly proposed 'controlled centres' in the EU must not breach migrants' human rights.
In government with the Five Star Movement, the radical politician's Lega is going from strength to strength.
A 16th century chart of Europe and North Africa.
Luis Texieira, Portolan Chart, Lisbon, ca. 1600 via Wikimedia Commons.
Migration is central to Mediterranean history and people have always moved between its two shores.
Food is handed out by the NGO ‘SOS Mediterranee’ to people on the Aquarius.
Spain has agreed to allow the Aquarius, a boat carrying 629 migrants, to dock in Valencia. But the EU remains gridlocked over asylum rules.
Seven world leaders with axes to grind are preparing to sit round one table. Sparks will fly.
Man the lifeboats!
Miriam Doerr Martin Fromherz
The new coalition's spending plans will ramp up Italy's annual budget by over €100 billion a year.
Giuseppe Conte is Italy’s newest prime minister.
AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia
An economist answers four important questions on what's behind the political turmoil in Italy and what's at stake for Europe and the world.
Five Star Movement leader Luigi di Maio brandishes an Italian flag at a rally in Naples.
Italy's economy is verging on bankrupt and its election results have dealt a hammer blow to the prospects of fixing things. The best option, financially at least, may be to put someone else at the helm.
Matteo Salvini: the League has left its roots.
Flavio Lo Scalzo/EPA
The history of north Italian regionalism, and why Matteo Salvini's League represents the end of a long era.
Sergio Mattarella (right) and his prime minister designate, Carlo Cottarelli.
If you thought the risk of Grexit was bad, you've got a shock coming in the shape of Italy.
Carlo Cottarelli: Italy’s prime minister. But for how long?
Alessandro Di Meo/EPA
What's caused Italy's political crisis and what's likely to happen next.
Prime minister designate Giuseppe Conte addresses the media.
Law professor Giuseppe Conte has no experience in politics – which makes him the perfect candidate for the uncomfortable partnership now in government.
If you're going to drive badly in Italy, do it towards the end of the local mayor's term in office.