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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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