Civilisation

The pioneering women who, over more than 150 years, embraced photography — a medium for free-spirited women who wanted to chart their own course

A revival in figurative art and the changing face of portraiture

Privileged images: the photography of Jacques Henri Lartigue

How Jan van Eyck changed the trajectory of Western art

Based on the impulse to look at everything afresh, Modernist photography could not help but deliver a jumble of perspectives, on both sides of the Atlantic

“Across the Western world, friends and families have fallen out over their diverging views on the populism that has flourished in the past two decades”

“Whether it’s the shadow government or the global elite, if it’s not one sinister cabal intent on taking over the world, then it’s another”

As far as Rev Gilpin was concerned, he would have to rearrange Nature in his sketchbook until she became, in his approving term, “Picturesque”

How would you complete this sentence? “I am . . .” Did you say “a journalist/lawyer/doctor” or “adventurous/intelligent/intellectually curious”? Or did you say “I am Arthur’s mother” or “Emily’s Dad”?

Can the Recherche be adapted and remain Proust? And should it really be seen as therapy?

Søren Kierkegaard’s reflections on worry are useful reading for those in lockdown

The ornithologist W.H. Hudson sought wilderness in the city. It is as if he was writing for us today

“Complete solitude” in a remote Norwegian village led to the most productive time of his life

Louis de Funès may be France’s most beloved actor. The choice tells us a lot about those who love him

Having stolen a Klimt masterpiece, the Nazis could only show it if they hid the Jewish identity of its subject

A new thriller set in late-Stalinist Soviet Union has alarmed Russian authorities

A psychologist and sex therapist wonders where E.L. James’s celebration of sadomasochism comes from and what it means for human relationships  

Commemorating those lost in the pandemic has not been possible.
But we can mourn through music

Does the idea of the composer covertly commenting on totalitarianism improve his music?

A single body of work, such as the piano concertos, can provide an inexhaustible spring of delight

A celebration of Sufi sounds in Rajasthan offers much to treasure

‘Vast swathes of the television production community stopped working overnight. Any television show involving camera crews, studio audiences, the general public, travel, or proximity of any kind, was, at best, postponed indefinitely; at worst, cancelled outright’

Hollywood lacks the wit and the will to convey the complexities of the secret world

A film about the the Holodomor’s exposure should prompt debate on the famine-denialist Walter Duranty

Jewish boys who survived the Holocaust recall their time in a charmed Italian villa

A delicate ecosystem has been disrupted. The effects are dire

Hard times on stage—and off it

Tom Stoppard’s roots and Caryl Churchill’s dystopia

The National finds a niche in staging literary adaptations while Shakespeare returns to school in the Donmar’s Teenage Dick