Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 (commonly known as Whistler’s Mother), by James McNeill Whistler (1871).
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.
David Wilkie, Chelsea Pensioners Reading the Waterloo Dispatch, 1822.
How did the bulk of those at home in Britain find out the news of Waterloo?
Mary Cassatt, Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878, National Gallery of Art.
The gallery's latest blockbuster actively blinkers knowledge of the past.
Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy often used industrial plastics in his artwork.
László Moholy-Nagy used industrial plastics in his paintings. But for decades, the type of plastic had been misidentified.
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Now that the painting is probably to disappear from public view, hopefully we won't remember it in pixellated format.
Nazi soldiers pose in front of a painting pilfered from the National Museum of Naples Picture Gallery.
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 detail from the north wall of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry.
Diego Rivera, 1932. Detroit Institute of Arts
A new exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts highlights a controversial mural commissioned during a period fraught with social unrest.
A rendering of how Ohad Meromi’s sculpture would appear along Jackson Avenue.
Criticism of Ohad Meromi's 'Sunbather' has been swift and scathing. What does it say about our willingness to engage with art?
Drawings by male warriors – like Black Hawk’s ‘Dream or Vision or Himself Changed to a Destroyer or Riding a Bufalo Eagle (1880-1881)’ – often depicted visions perceived during meditation and fasting.
New York State Historical Association, Fenimore Art Museum/John Bigelow Taylor
A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates 2,000 years of artistic achievement.
Studies of a reclining male nude: Adam in the fresco ‘The Creation of Man’ on the vault of the Sistine Chapel. c. 1511. Michelangelo.
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Here are the facts behind four commonly held beliefs about Ancient Greek sexuality.
Detail of head of Apoxyomenos. Bronze, Hellenistic or Roman replica after a bronze original.
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The British Museum's exhibition is staunchly traditional. It didn't need bells and whistles, but some modern responses wouldn't have gone amiss.
A daunting task awaits.
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With past controversies ranging from restoration to public toilets and present ones from oil sponsorship to selfie sticks, Gabriele Finaldi has a daunting task on his hands.
Some of the earliest applications of photography came in the fields of archaeology and botany. Pictured is a photograph from botanist Anna Atkins' Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843).
Because a photograph came from a machine – not a human hand – many were not entirely sure if it could be called art.
A 1893 self-portrait of the French artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).
Artist Paul Gauguin is perhaps most famous for his colorful paintings of Tahitian life. But for years, art historians puzzled over his lesser-known prints: how did he form, layer and transfer images from one medium to another?
Marina Picasso is planning on selling a number of her grandfather’s works in the upcoming year.
Over the last nine years, more money has been spent on Picasso than on any other artist. How much does Picasso's granddaughter stand to earn? And why are some in the art world concerned?
Linnaeus Tripe, Front of the Mundapum at Secundermalie, 1858.
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The Tate's latest exhibition goes some way towards freeing the history of photography from the artistic canon.
Graham Beal led the Detroit Institute of Arts through the city’s financial crisis.
Graham Beal, the Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, recently announced that he will be retiring after fifteen years at the helm. Two of his achievements particularly stand out. The first is his…
From where does opposition to depictions of Muhammad arise?
After the violent attacks on Charlie Hebdo – the French satirical weekly that routinely published caricatures of Muhammad – many are wondering: are depictions of Muhammad actually forbidden in Islamic…
Adolf Wölfli drawing from 1926: a prolific artist.
Organisations such as MIND work tirelessly to raise awareness of mental health problems and real progress has been made in destigmatising mental illness through campaigns such as Time to Change and Black…
The unfinished Crazy Horse memorial in Custer County, South Dakota.
More than a century after he died, the Lakota warrior Crazy Horse, who famously fought General Custer in the Battle of Little Bighorn, is thought of as transcendent force – attuned to the universe in a…