The king of chiaroscuro

14 December 2009 12:00 am

These days, it is easy to take it for granted that Caravaggio (1571-1610) is the most popular of the old masters, yet it was not ever thus.

Repeat that, repeat

9 December 2009 12:00 am

The Infinity of Lists by Umberto Eco, translated by Alastair McEwen

The optimism of a suicide

9 December 2009 12:00 am

A postal strike would have been a disaster for Van Gogh.

Romantic approaches

4 November 2009 12:00 am

Spectator readers will know that Andrew Lambirth is a romantic, a force for the literary and poetic approach to art criticism, so he is an admirably empathetic guide to Hoyland

Surprising literary ventures

9 September 2009 12:00 am

Miranda the Panda is on the Veranda (1958) by Doris Sanders and Patricia Highsmith

Dilly-dallying romance

22 April 2009 12:00 am

Constable in Love, by Martin Gayford

From worthless to priceless

15 April 2009 12:00 am

The Ultimate Trophy: How Impressionist Painting Conquered the World, by Philip Hook

Shrine of a connoisseur

7 April 2009 12:00 am

Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, by Tim Knox, photographs by Derry Moore


Red Star Over Russia

4 March 2009 12:00 am

Red Star Over Russia, by David King

Horses decline, dogs advance

14 January 2009 12:00 am

The Dog: 5000 Years of the Dog in Art, by Tamsin Pickeral
Dogs: History, Myth, Art, by Catherine Johns
The Horse: A Celebration of Horses in Art, by Rachel and Simon Barnes

The Leap from the Judas Tree

7 January 2009 12:00 am

Stephen Chambers, by Andrew Lambirth


12 December 2008 12:00 am

Photopoetry, by Manuel Alvarez Bravo

A grand overview

12 December 2008 12:00 am

Paintings in Proust, by Eric Karpeles

The new look that never aged

12 December 2008 12:00 am

The Allure of Chanel, by Paul Morand, translated by Euan Cameron