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.
Rembrandt’s famous painting – commonly known as The Night Watch – doesn’t even take place at night.
'Rembrandt' via www.shutterstock.com
The history of the picture title is really a history of the last 300 years.
Can Twitter improve students’ engagement with course materials?
Lauren Ann JImerson
Academics are using Twitter in classrooms and finding that it leads to some real results.
Picasso’s The Young Ladies of Avignon (1907) scored extremely high when entered into the creativity algorithm.
Humans are no longer the only judges of creativity. Computers can perform the same task – and may even be more objective.
Don Featherstone, the creator of the iconic lawn ornament, died in June.
Through the years, the iconic lawn dweller has migrated across a range of tastes.
White painter William Gilbert Gaul’s To the End (1907-1909) uses the loyal slave trope.
Black Like Us? – a new exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art – looks at how blackness has been portrayed in American art through the years.