Against all the odds, the study of Classics is increasing in popularity — and for very good reasons

The salons of Vienna were key spaces for promoting the emancipation of women and Jews

The great critic’s letters reveal his struggles with anti-Semitism and disillusion with Marxism

Edward Said accused the poet of Orientalist prejudice — but he owed much to Muslim tradition

Chopin and Wanda Landowska were very different musicians with only one thing in common

The great Impressionist’s series of paintings of Rouen Cathedral prefigures the movies: his eye was the camera, his canvas the screen

Two centuries on, Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata is still as enigmatic and sublime as ever

The fantasy writer is indebted to the Inklings, whose Christianity he rejects in favour of gnosticism

Tiny Fordwich in Kent, still thriving after 1,400 years, faces a new invasion: London foodies

Schiele and Soutine both used art to express pathological suffering and confront death