The artist’s series on the grieving First Lady was a commentary on media frenzy – but was also informed by his religious background, writes Alastair Sooke. Towards the end of 1963, Andy Warhol was still
Psychoanalytic theory has changed a lot in the 75 years since his death, but literature still feels the strong influence of Freud's ideas, argues Jane Ciabattari. Freudian slips. The Oedipus complex. ego.
Although he never left England, Shakespeare’s plays are set around the globe and he is the planet’s most famous playwright. Andrew Dickson finds out why. Shakespeare was fascinated by the word ‘world’.
The latest arrest in an operation exposing a $33m art swindle has revealed ways of imitating classic paintings. How do top forgers work? “The FBI said they were done by the hands of a genius – well, that’s
The filmmaker has outlasted many in the industry – and survived scandals. Lisa Schwarzbaum explores why he continues to appeal to so many. Woody Allen is a man of habits. For over half a century, the comedian,
A new anthology selects the poems guaranteed to move men to tears. BBC Culture presents an edited selection of some of the verses highlighted in the collection. Poems That Make Grown Men Cry is compiled
Which performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No 5 is the greatest? Or of Wagner’s Ring Cycle? Clemency Burton-Hill picks definitive renderings of timeless works. I recently got a phone call from my father,
The idea of reviving a city’s fortunes through investment in the arts and culture draws a lot of headlines. But does it actually work? Tiffany Jenkins investigates. Britain’s seaside towns are run down.
Rock stars, royalty, and how wedding style evolved. Lindsay Baker explores the story of matrimonial attire. From singer Solange Knowles in her backless, low-cut jumpsuit to Poppy Delevigne's boho-floral
Los Angeles was rarely ever a major stop on the collecting circuit, but film industry celebrities have begun to change that, Georgina Adam reports. On a brilliant sunny day in Hollywood last month, Brad
After decades of decline, French art has begun a major comeback, argues Jason Farago. “In the beginning there was no earth, no water, nothing,” boomed a voice in a gallery of last year’s Venice Biennale.
A new movie follows the life of an 18th Century woman of mixed English and African ancestry. Tom Brook finds out what her story can tell us about today. “It’s really a period drama about the first biracial
Three notable pairs of mother-daughter writers suggest writing ability can be passed down through generations. For Mother’s Day, Jane Ciabattari investigates. The art of novel writing isn’t often a family
The Eurovision Song Contest brings together world affairs and shiny pop. BBC Culture picks five of its more bizarre motifs. It’s the most watched music event in the world, and it combines geopolitics trampolines,