Who Are the Masters Now?

Two Paris exhibitions leave Mantegna's reputation enhanced but Picasso's diminished

From Baubles to Babel

The year the contemporary art juggernaut ground to a halt

The Limits of Liberty

We should demand more cultural regulation to help us to focus on the best thoughts and words

Fundamentally Flawed

A young artist receives death threats from Islamic extremists, despite being a devout Muslim herself

A Cooler Shade of Red

A new museum exhibition of Cold War art leaves the nastiness of the communist system completely unacknowledged

In Search of Babylon

A British Museum exhibition will mix ancient artefacts with work inspired by the city of legend

Lords and Ladies of Byzantium

Ancient Greek culture, Roman law and Eastern Christianity all contributed to the longevity of the Byzantine Empire

Osbert Towers over Hazel

Cartoonist Osbert Lancaster was at his most prescient when defending British architectural heritage. Hazel Blears take note

An Array of Ageless Visages

The faces on show at the National Gallery and the Queen's Gallery are of their times, yet timeless

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"