FTB61430 The Baptism of Christ by Cima da Conegliano, Giovanni Battista (c.1459-1517); San Giovanni in Bragora, Venice, Italy; Italian, out of copyright

The eternal power of religious art

Paintings once seen as conduits to the divine may have become mere museum pieces but their unsettling power persists

Culture columns

Graceland Exhibition Opens With Elvis At The O2...LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: A Jump Suit which was worn by Elvis Presley is displayed during a press call at the 'Elvis at the O2, The Exhibition of His Life' on December 11, 2014 in London, England. The exhibition is the largest ever retrospective ever to take place in Europe, and features over 300 artefacts from the Presley family's Graceland Archives. The show runs at the O2 Arena from 12 December to 31 August, 2015. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) ©Getty
‘Elvis at the O2’ features a curious mixture of the banal and the resplendent, and is none the worse for that
A woman looks at the Parthenon Marbles, a collection of stone objects, inscriptions and sculptures, also known as the Elgin Marbles, on show at the British Museum in London October 16, 2014. Hollywood actor George Clooney's new wife, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney, made an impassioned plea on for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens, in what Greeks hope may inject new energy into their national campaign. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS SOCIETY) ©Reuters
The otherwise worthy journey of Ilissos to Russia would not merit any further comment were the statue not part of the most controversial group of art works of our time
Khalid Abdalla in ‘The Narrow Frame of Midnight’

Marrakech International Film Festival

Two films with a Moroccan flavour proved fitting highlights of this year’s inclusive festival

Ian Hamilton Finlay Wave-Rock

Ian Hamilton Finlay, Cambridge

Jackie Wullschlager on a fine new exhibition of the Scottish artist’s visionary work

The Reading Room at the Wellcome Collection’s London building

The Wellcome Collection Reading Room

A facelift for the home of one of London’s most quirky yet accessible collections of treasures

Hope Boykin (centre) in ‘Odetta’
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‘Odetta’, Alvin Ailey, New York

What makes the singer such a promising subject and soundtrack for dance theatre is the drama in her renditions

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in 'Dumb and Dumber To'

Dumb and Dumber To — film review

There’s something to offend everyone in this joyfully funny sequel

Jakob Oftebro and Tobias Santelmann in 'Kon-Tiki'

Kon-Tiki — film review

A turbulent dramatisation of Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 raft trip

Rose Byrne and Quvenzhané Wallis in 'Annie'

Annie — film review

The young star is wonderful; the rest of this remake is dire

Ben Stiller with Robin Williams in 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb'

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb — film review

The history-comedy franchise limps through its third instalment

Christian Gerhaher with pianist Gerold Huber at Wigmore Hall
©Simon Jay Price

Christian Gerhaher, Wigmore Hall, London — review

The baritone rose to impressive heights in this all-Mahler recital