Jacob Willer

Skin and bone

'Jusepe de Ribera went beyond palpability — the way the paint becomes flesh — to the visceral. He sought to engage all our senses at once'

An American Turner?

The National Gallery exhibition shows that Thomas Cole, like Turner and John Martin, was a visionary and a pictorial dramatist

Earth, Air, and Water

The Gagosian's retrospective of Michael Andrews is a rare opportunity to enjoy a subtle and surprising artist

The What and the How

Timothy Hyman's book on 20th century figurative painting, The World New Made

Cool For Katz

Alex Katz's bold, instantly recognisable canvases have been widely imitated

Museo Dell’Opera Del Duomo, Florence

The newly renovated museum for the Duomo's artistic treasures brings these great works back to life

The Aesthetes: When Kitsch Was Avant-Garde

We may sneer at the Victorian aesthetes, but is the sloppier, more cynical art of today any healthier?

Is art therapeutic?

Alain de Botton tries to personalise the museum experience — but instead trivialises great historical ideas

A Self-Portrait Of The Young Man As An Artist

Six years after leaving art school, I finally put on my own show. In that time I have learnt what exactly it means to be a painter

A New Golden Age? Let Art Imitate Sport

Is Wayne Rooney today’s Raphael? If we treated art with the same seriousness as we do sport, our visual culture could flourish again

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"