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    1. June 21, 2013

      The tyranny of virtue

      Sometimes all pleasures feel guilty but you just don’t care any more. You eschew things that promote health and wellbeing...

    2. December 7, 2012

      Louvre gives old mining town a lift

      High art hitherto confined to the gilded galleries of Paris will attempt to revive a local economy blighted by industrial...

    1. July 27, 2012

      The power of sights unseen

      When the Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911, more people turned up to stare at the empty space on the Louvre’s wall than used to...

    2. April 13, 2012

      When a man paints a woman

      “A girl sits there with her legs crossed. I get a feeling about her and try to put it down.” This is de Kooning explaining...

    3. February 1, 2012

      Museum finds ‘stunning’ Mona Lisa copy

      The Prado Museum in Madrid has discovered the earliest copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” which it believes was painted...

    4. November 11, 2011

      Leonardo as you’ll never see him again

      Art history claims few instances in which the insights of a single mind and eye – Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso – shift the...

    5. November 8, 2011

      Da Vinci show set to break National Gallery records

      The National Gallery has received unprecedented demand for tickets to see its Leonardo da Vinci exhibition which is the most...

    6. September 30, 2011

      A dress with its own Da Vinci code

      It may surprise the fashion set huddling in tents in the Tuileries watching the Paris shows but one of the city’s more...

    7. August 26, 2011

      For corruption and sex, it’s the Borgias every time

      In the coverage of the recent riots, which drew parallels between conditions in 1981 and 2011, there was suspiciously little...

    8. August 13, 2011

      Case of the stolen triple-A rating

      From Mr W. Goodwin Eshelman. Sir, I was struck by the parallels between the facts in Simon Kuper’s article “Who stole the...

    9. August 5, 2011

      Who stole the Mona Lisa?

      On Monday morning, August 21 1911, inside the Louvre museum in Paris, a plumber named Sauvet came upon an unidentified man...

    10. July 23, 2011

      Pictures with rhythm

      In the years since its release in 1982, Koyaanisqatsi’s strange allure has been sustained by ritual screenings in two...

    11. July 9, 2011

      Why there will never be another Da Vinci

      Leonardo da Vinci was an artist who became a scientist by asking what underlay the world he so brilliantly depicted. Behind...

    12. July 1, 2011

      History in the faking

      Gioconda, by Lucille Turner, Granta, RRP£12.99, 304 pages David, by Mary Hoffman, Bloomsbury, RRP£10.99, 288 pages The...

    13. April 19, 2011

      Consistency depends on the context

      Consistency is the first siren of beauty. The claim is made by John Cochrane, professor of economics at the University of...

    14. August 21, 2010

      Engagement with modernism

      Homage: Roy Lichtenstein’s “Still Life after Picasso” (1964) “M-maybe he became ill and couldn’t leave the studio!” frets...

    15. December 4, 2009

      Strike forces closure of Paris museums

      Visitors to Paris hoping for a glimpse of the Mona Lisa in the city’s celebrated Musée du Louvre will be disappointed by the...

    16. August 29, 2009

      Indian art’s bumpy ride in the market

      ‘Mind Shut Down’, 2008, by Subodh Gupta Art has only one language. Even if you don’t understand the content, you should at...

    17. May 11, 2009

      The Lost Mona Lisa

      The Lost Mona Lisa By RA Scotti Bantam Press £17.99 272 pages FT Bookshop price: £14.39 The 1911 Paris theft of Leonardo da...

    18. October 26, 2008

      J Tobacco aims to blow smoke in rivals’ faces

      On the wall of the chief executive of Japan Tobacco International’s office in Geneva is a picture of a Marlboro man with a...

    19. September 20, 2008

      TV choice Karl French

      The latest attempt to secure the treasured Saturday evening family audience comes in the moderately pleasing form of Merlin...

    20. May 24, 2008

      Great collectors of Gustav Klimt

      The first major exhibition of the work of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) staged in Britain opens on Friday at Tate Liverpool....

    21. March 5, 2008

      Tourist crush

      The Chinese are coming. At least that is what the world's travel operators, hotel companies and airlines are all assuming,...

    22. March 4, 2008

      Tourist crush

      The Chinese are coming. At least that is what the world’s travel operators, hotel companies and airlines are all assuming,...

    23. February 16, 2008

      Visual arts - Jackie Wullschlager

      Pompeo Batoni National Gallery, London WC2 In the 18th century, there was no better trophy to bring home from the Grand Tour...

    24. November 24, 2007

      The Gilded Seal

      by James Twining HarperCollins £12.99 FT bookshop price: £10.39 One-time art thief Tom Kirk is drawn back to his old...

    25. November 17, 2007

      Non-fiction: UGLIER THAN A MONKEY'S ARMPIT: Untranslatable Insults, Put-Downs and Curses From Around the World

      Non-fiction UGLIER THAN A MONKEY'S ARMPIT: Untranslatable Insults, Put-Downs and Curses From Around the World by Dr Robert...

    26. November 17, 2007

      Uglier Than A Monkey’s Armpit

      Uglier Than a Monkey’s Armpit: Untranslatable Insults, Put-Downs and Curses From Around the World By Dr Robert Vanderplank...

    27. November 9, 2007

      Hedge fund heaven and hell

      The artist Adam Dant has turned his talents to the financiers making fortunes in hedge funds. Among the images from his new...

    28. April 11, 2007

      Observer: Selling the classics

      Sir Peter Maxwell Davies - one of the UK's greatest living composers - yesterday launched a vitriolic attack on his...

    29. April 11, 2007

      Art for gawd's sake

      What is happening to culcha in this country? Sir Peter Maxwell Davies - one of the UK's greatest living composers -...

    30. January 17, 2007

      Les larmes amères de Petra von Kant

      Théâtre National Populaire Villeurbanne, Lyon The "German lesbian" tag guarantees sensational billing for Fassbinder's...

    31. January 16, 2007

      Les larmes amères de Petra von Kant, Théâtre National Populaire Villeurbanne, Lyon

      The “German lesbian” tag pretty much guarantees sensational billing for Fassbinder’s play, which he turned into a film in...

    32. January 4, 2007

      The day modern art was invented: Picasso’s Demoiselles

      In the summer of 1906, Pablo Picasso retreated from Paris to a village in the Spanish Pyrenees. Had he died there, he would...

    33. November 16, 2006

      Taiwan's design students draw on opportunities

      On entering the main hall of the headquarters of Asustek Computer, the Taiwanese electronics group based in northern...

    34. July 28, 2006

      Ségo and Sarko take lessons in the art of 'life politics'

      Ségolène Royal has been described as La Joconde (the Mona Lisa) of French politics: not only is her image ubiquitous but...

    35. July 27, 2006

      Ségo and Sarko take lessons in ‘life politics’

      Ségolène Royal has been described as La Joconde (the Mona Lisa) of French politics: not only is her image ubiquitous but her...

    36. July 19, 2006

      'This is not a painting - it's a drama'

      Imeet Peter Greenaway in the Rembrandt room of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, where there is a fairly chaotic queue waiting to...

    37. July 18, 2006

      ‘This is not a painting - it’s a drama’

      Imeet Peter Greenaway in the Rembrandt room of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, where there is a fairly chaotic queue waiting to see...

    38. May 18, 2006

      We already know who did it . . .

      The film-going world is divided into two halves and The Da Vinci Code should terrify them both. For those who have read Dan...

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