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