Elizabeth I of England, the Armada portrait, 1590.
The value of the Armada painting, soon to go on show in Greenwich, lies in its masterful storytelling.
Disaster movies can raise environmental concerns but also seed misinformation.
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Climate disaster films are an emerging genre that reflect people's desire to cope with a changing planet through art. How will they affect public attitudes on climate change?
The Man in the Black Cravat, now by Lucian Freud.
How expert opinion can out-trump the artist's own word.
Georgiana Houghton, The Eye of God (c.1862), watercolour. Victorian Spiritualists’ Union, Melbourne, Australia / Courtauld Gallery, London.
Many of their extraordinary artworks are now on show in a new exhibition.
Louise Hearman, Barry, oil paint on masonite 69.5 x 100 cm.
Photo: © AGNSW, Nick Kreisler
This year's Archibald Prize winner is a painting with great affection for its subject. Louise Hearman's Barry was a surprise choice – but it deserves to find an ultimate home in the National Portrait Gallery.
A sea of human figures in Hull.
Going naked in public has its own benefits.
Do we need a new word for the feeling of guilt one gets from watering plants during a drought?
A scientist dips her toe into a new form of group-based performance art: devising new words to describe new feelings and phenomena of a rapidly changing world.
Detail of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Dibirdibi Country – Topway 2016.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Collection Image courtesy Alcaston Gallery © The Estate of the Artist and Viscopy Australia
Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori began painting in her 80s, and over ten years created an extraordinary body of work. Her paintings are more like music and dance – depicting the stories of the Kaiadilt people for the first time.
The Archibald Prize has announced its finalists. They are, as always, a mixed bag.
Detail of Michael McWilliams The usurpers (self-portrait) © Michael McWilliams Photo: © AGNSW, Nick Kreisler
The Archibald Prize is a curious beast – an art prize judged mostly by philanthropists. Despite this, there are plenty of finalists worth considering.
Angelica Kauffmann, Self-portrait Hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting, 1791.
Finding the art in science and investigating the science of art used to be common practise. At the turn of the 19th century the boundaries between academic disciplines hardened, but now new fields like neuroaesthetics are breaking down barriers.
How is Berlin’s landmark art show presenting our new preoccupations?
Courtesy 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Art events should encourage us to spark new thinking outside of our cloistered world, but Berlin risks being lost in technological navel gazing.
Degas and Manet’s stormy relationship is expressed in a portrait Degas painted of Manet and his wife, which has been slashed, presumably by Manet himself.
Detail of Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet and Mme. Manet (1868-69) Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, via Wikimedia Commons
Edgar Degas’ relationship with Impressionism was to be a stormy one, but his encounter with Edouard Manet in 1862 was a turning-point in his career. Degas went on to paint a portrait of Manet and his wife - later slashed in mysterious circumstances.
Bruce Beresford’s expansive art collection grew from flea-markets.
Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956). Exodus (Study for a mural). Photo: Jenni Carter
Bruce Beresford can't draw, but he has wept in an art gallery. A lifelong delight in a wide range of art – from paintings to opera – has influenced his craft from a young age.
Switch House, Tate Modern.
© Iwan Baan
Tate are offering a new space which should help challenge the elitism currently characterising the arts.
William Barak’s Ceremony has sold at auction to an unknown buyer.
Can you repatriate a painting? Descendants of Aboriginal painter William Barak ran a crowdsourcing campaign to try to buy back the previously unknown artwork Ceremony.
Bob & Roberta Smith.
The message lacks potency.
A electric screen showing Shanghai Pudong financial area in a clear day, is seen amid heavy smog in Shanghai. What can art do to make climate change more real?
Climate change is such a big problem it's almost impossible for us to really understand. We need artists to mobilise on a huge scale to render the problem comprehensible.
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.
Bhupen Khakhar, You Can’t Please All (segment), 1981.
© Bhupen Khakhar
Indian artists such as Bhupen Khakhar may be gaining international acclaim, but more is needed to help build and maintain a strong infrastructure for artists at home.
Many can identify with the phenomenon of feeling a thrill – followed by a chill – when listening to a particularly moving piece of music.
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When seeing or hearing something poignant, many get the chills. But about one-third of the population doesn't feel this sensation.