Critique

Poles apart, linked by one instrument

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

How Monet created motion pictures

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

Musical mountain obscured by cloud

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

Philip Pullman: siding with Satan

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

The little town that just won’t lie down

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

Tormented prophets of apocalyptic art

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

Can rape and murder make beautiful art?

An exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, raises the question of depicting violence

A Europhile Brexiteer takes the Grand Tour

A journey through Europe was an opportunity to gauge reactions to the referendum

Cornish master class in the art of the sublime

How an inspiring Hungarian violinist created a musical community at IMS Prussia Cove

The Princess and the Poet

An inscription in an old book is the clue to a lost world of literary salons and love affairs

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"
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