Tearing down the culture temples

British arts venues want to become bastions of “inclusivity” at the expense of connoisseurship

A brush with painting’s history

The restoration of great works of art is increasingly being carried out in public before an admiring audience

Not too many happy returns

Calls for restitution of artworks taken during the colonial era are intensifying around the world

Boom time for Picasso Inc.

One name dominates the art market, with his paintings soaring in value and remaining a solid investment

Masterpiece — or male and stale?

Once venerated as the founders of Western art, the Old Masters are losing their allure

No art too good for the workers

Fernand Léger drew from popular entertainment and working life to make Cubism less inaccessible

The master of human vanity

The new Pieter Bruegel exhibition in Vienna really is a once-in-a-lifetime artistic experience

The link between art and heart

A new Barbican exhibition explores how two were often better than one in the creative process

Lasting legacy of an English idealist

Samuel Courtauld’s Impressionist paintings can now be seen beside those he bought for the nation

An Exhibition of and for the nation

The Royal Academy’s summer bunfight has long ceased to be the place for new waves to emerge

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"