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.
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.
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.
What, exactly, was going on at the Knoedler Gallery in the years leading up to a forgery indictment?
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.
The history of the picture title is really a history of the last 300 years.
Academics are using Twitter in classrooms and finding that it leads to some real results.
Humans are no longer the only judges of creativity. Computers can perform the same task – and may even be more objective.
Through the years, the iconic lawn dweller has migrated across a range of tastes.
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.
The famous portrait, usually resident in France, is on a rare tour in the US. From looking at it, one might assume its subject had a tranquil, even monotonous, life. But one would be wrong.
How did the bulk of those at home in Britain find out the news of Waterloo?
The gallery's latest blockbuster actively blinkers knowledge of the past.
László Moholy-Nagy used industrial plastics in his paintings. But for decades, the type of plastic had been misidentified.
Now that the painting is probably to disappear from public view, hopefully we won't remember it in pixellated format.
If you’ve seen recent films like Woman in Gold and Monument Men, you’d think Americans are at the forefront of returning Nazi-looted art. They're not.
A new exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts highlights a controversial mural commissioned during a period fraught with social unrest.
Criticism of Ohad Meromi's 'Sunbather' has been swift and scathing. What does it say about our willingness to engage with art?
A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates 2,000 years of artistic achievement.
Here are the facts behind four commonly held beliefs about Ancient Greek sexuality.