‘These two Titians are the greatest old masters left in private hands anywhere’

Two exhibitions show how much Francis Bacon and Mark Rothko had in common, despite their different approaches

Art is not culture or entertainment, it is complexity, the ‘I’ in life, ambition, the ambiguity of humanity, serious about itself

Writers are hidden beings, says the winner of the 2008 PEN/Nabokov Lifetime Achievement Award

The British Museum’s exhibition reassesses the great Roman, a complex figure who left a legacy of unique glory

In the dictionary on my laptop it defines art as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination”. To me, that’s cooking

A thoughtful exhibition at Tate Britain this summer lifts the veil of moral theory from Orientalist painting

Liverpool is staging the UK’s first comprehensive exhibition of the work of the great Austrian avant-garde artist, Gustav Klimt

‘Some artists have finally had the courage to admit that they are scared. But we need them to do better than that. We need people with a voice to show that they aren’t scared’