Bird watching

12 November 2011 2:00 pm

The setting is appropriate: Rochelle School is on Arnold Circus in Shoreditch, at the end of Club Row, once famous…

Intelligent design

12 November 2011 1:00 pm

In 1935, Paul Nash observed that Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890–1954) was responsible for the change in attitude towards commercial art…

Sensation seeker

5 November 2011 2:00 pm

For far too long, John Martin (1789–1854) has been dismissed as ‘Mad’ Martin, the prophet of doom. In the eyes…

Landscapes of grief

29 October 2011 1:00 pm

The caption on the photograph (above) makes a difference: ‘A young boy grieves at the funeral of his father who…

Fra Angelico and the Masters of Light

22 October 2011 4:00 pm

Fra Angelico (1395–1455), Il Beato (‘the Blessed One’) to his contemporaries as well as to John Paul II, who beatified…

Claude Lorrain: The Enchanted Landscape

22 October 2011 4:00 pm

Claude Gellée (c.1600–1682), known as Claude Lorrain, started life as a pastry cook and despite turning his attentions from pies…

The only way is up

22 October 2011 4:00 pm

Homes may continue to lose value, the euro becomes shakier by the day, the unemployed stay unemployed and even the…

Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer

22 October 2011 3:00 pm

Photographs of roadworks feature regularly in the Hampstead Village Voice but, even with the postmodern fashion for grungy subjects, no…

Blots on the cityscape

15 October 2011 2:00 pm

London is awash with bad public art. Richard Dorment urges councils to rid the streets of all the kitsch

Melancholic visions

15 October 2011 1:00 pm

At the less than enticing Guildhall Art Gallery, a purpose-built museum that manages immediately to depress the spirits by its…

Pictorial intelligence

8 October 2011 4:00 pm

Edgar Degas (1834–1917) was born into a banking family, always knew he wanted to be a painter and was fortunate enough to be encouraged in his enthusiasm by his parents.

Unfit for purpose

1 October 2011 12:00 am

In recent months, two new museums have opened to much acclaim: The Hepworth in Wakefield and Turner Contemporary in Margate.…

Medieval frescoes

24 September 2011 12:00 am

Rome revelation

Going private

24 September 2011 12:00 am

One of the greatest Renaissance paintings remaining in private hands, Hans Holbein the Younger’s ‘The Darmstadt Madonna’, was sold discreetly…

‘An obsolete romantic’

24 September 2011 12:00 am

In 1982 Sven Berlin placed a sealed wallet labelled ‘Testament’ on top of a rafter in his studio with instructions…

Battle lines

17 September 2011 12:00 am

The introductory room to Women War Artists at the Imperial War Museum confronts the visitor with a large canvas of…

Spirit of place

10 September 2011 12:00 am

In the Weston Rooms of the Royal Academy’s main suite of galleries is the third of a series of exhibitions designed to show the processes by which artists arrive at their work.

Something old, something new

3 September 2011 12:00 am

Very last chance to see the inaugural exhibition at the magnificently revamped Holburne Museum — a selection from the collections of Peter Blake, together with some of his own work.

Beyond belief

27 August 2011 11:00 am

The subtitle of Treasures of Heaven is ‘saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe’. The key words here are medieval and Europe.

View finder

27 August 2011 11:00 am

Bold Tendencies is a seasonal sculpture exhibition, events venue and bar — in overall effect, a sort of hipster adventure playground — concealed in the disused upper levels of the multistorey car park opposite Peckham Rye railway station.

Collector’s eye

20 August 2011 12:00 am

To celebrate Elizabeth Blackadder’s 80th birthday, the Scottish National Gallery is staging a landmark retrospective (until 2 January 2012) spanning the last six decades of the artist’s career.

Pastoral perfection

20 August 2011 12:00 am

One of the highlights of the Royal Collection is Gainsborough’s ‘Diana and Actaeon’, a painting I always make a point of visiting when I am viewing a new temporary exhibition in the Queen’s Gallery

Hungarian photography, Richard Long, Thomas Struth

13 August 2011 12:00 am

A photography show worth admiring

Cy Twombly and Poussin

6 August 2011 12:00 am

Opposites in revealing juxtaposition

John Hoyland – an appreciation

6 August 2011 12:00 am

John Hoyland was one of our most exhilarating artists