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‘Boy falling from a window’, 1592, Italy, Naples (possibly)

The key to the Italian Renaissance lies in the home

11 March 2017 9:00 am

There have been many explanations for what happened in the Italian Renaissance. Some stress the revival of classical antiquity, others…

A Russian barber cuts off the beard of an Old Believer. In 1705, as part of his ruthless campaign of modernisation, Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards of up to 100 roubles

Why do men grow beards?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The ocean that Christopher Oldstone-Moore has set out to chart is as broad as it is shallow: what it has…

‘Madonna del Parto’ fresco in Monterchi by Piero della Francesca

On the trail of Piero della Francesca

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Piero della Francesca is today acknowledged as one of the foundational artists of the Renaissance. Aldous Huxley thought his ‘Resurrection’…

György Spiro’s Captivity fails to captivate Tibor Fischer

9 January 2016 9:00 am

It’s been a long time coming for György Spiró. However much Hungarian writers complain about the isolation forced upon them…

Man between vice and virtue in St Augustine’s City of God. French incunabulum from Abbeville, 1486-87

Christianity is the foundation of our freedoms

22 February 2014 9:00 am

If there is one underlying source from which all our other societal problems stem, it is surely this: we no…

The Spectator's notes: What shall we call the Country Formerly Known as Britain?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Last week, David Cameron said that we have ‘seven months to save the most extraordinary country in history’. He meant…

The Prince of medicine, by Susan P. Mattern - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

In the first draft of the screenplay for the film Gladiator, the character to be played by Russell Crowe (‘father…