Pushing the boundaries

10 December 2011 11:00 am

When I was at school, I remember the art teacher returning incensed from a trip to London during which he’d…

Mysterious ways

3 December 2011 12:00 pm

Among exhibition organisers, hyperbole is clearly the order of the day. The crowds are going wild over Leonardo at the…

Money talk

26 November 2011 12:00 pm

At least one market posted strong results in November. That was the market for contemporary art. In just four days…

Meeting point

26 November 2011 12:00 pm

I prepared for this exhibition in Düsseldorf by taking the short train journey down the Rhine to Cologne, which would…

Trading places

26 November 2011 12:00 pm

Venice and Alexandria were, as far as the Venetians were concerned, twin cities. According to legend, St Mark had visited…

Adventurous rogue

26 November 2011 12:00 pm

Historically, British artists have not been good at money management. George Morland (1762–1804) was chronically insolvent; Benjamin Haydon (1786–1846) served…

Into battle

26 November 2011 12:00 pm

The charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo: you’ll know it from the Risk board game. Hundreds of soldiers on…

Buried treasure

26 November 2011 11:00 am

Some 80 per cent of publicly owned art is hidden from view. Andrew Lambirth on a new gallery that aims to change this

Back to the future

19 November 2011 12:00 pm

High Arctic, the inaugural exhibition in the newly opened Sammy Ofer wing at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (until 13…

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…