In October 1810, the poet and dramatist Heinrich von Kleist substantially rewrote a review submitted to a publication he edited,…
Jerusalem is a wonderful city for hat-spotting. There are the black fedoras and other varieties worn by Hassidic and ultra-orthodox…
In the first book of his scientific-cum-philosophical poem ‘De rerum Natura’ — or ‘On the Nature of Things’ — Lucretius…
The tourists who flock to galleries in Paris, Florence and Rome are like medieval shrine-visitors, says Martin Gayford. Most don’t care about art, and are only there out of duty
No question about it, the world is becoming increasingly homogenised — not only, indeed not so much, in big things such as democracy and free trade as in small.
Martin Gayford opens his diary
Martin Gayford talks to David Hockney about drawing on his mobile phone, life on the Yorkshire coast, and planning lunch around the blossoming of hawthorn
Martin Gayford considers whether we are in the final, pre-popping stages of an art bubble
Martin Gayford on his exhibition of Constable portraits.
Martin Gayford questions the point of art shows. Should they educate or give pleasure — or both?
Martin Gayford on the virtuoso naturalism of the majestic Portinari Altarpiece
A celebration of British mess and muddle
Martin Gayford on food and identity in the Yellow House in Arles
Martin Gayford on why David Cameron should embrace contemporary art
All over the world, scholarly folk look to Neil MacGregor — who writes opposite — to hold the line.
Because of global warming the correct thing to do in high summer is to go north
Martin Gayford examines the extraordinary lives — and deaths — of great artists and suggests that there is a link between manic depression and creativity
A certain something
France gave back artefacts looted by Napoleon. So what’s different today? asks Martin Gayford
The utter uselessness of art is part of its beauty, says Martin Gayford
Martin Gayford on the Renaissance artist whose altarpiece celebrates the Incarnation at Yuletide
Martin Gayford on why we are keen to splash out on community projects yet spurn buying pictures
Martin Gayford on why we are drawn to places of financial and industrial failure
Martin Gayford says look at Gainsborough's terrific pictures, and don't read the labels
Martin Gayford reflects on how novelty of sensibility is likely to go along with unusual behaviour