A self-taught scholar was responsible for finding the world’s first epic myth hidden among broken clay tablets in the British Museum. Recovered from Nineveh in the late 19th century, shattered clay tablets
To the art aficionados of the late 19th century they were primitive but beautiful savages, free of the bourgeois codes of morality that restricted the sexual availability of European women. But nearly
As a pioneer of Impressionism, Claude Monet remains one of art history’s most beloved figures. With an oeuvre comprising over 2,500 works, his work is prominently featured in myriad museums around the
A blockbuster exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s works at the Louvre could be without one of his most famous works after an Italian court suspended its loan to the Paris museum following a last-minute challenge.
Paul Gauguin was the first European artist to find brown skin more beautiful than white. He makes that plain in his 1902 painting Barbarian Tales, a highlight of the National Gallery’s ultimately frustrating
Robert De Niro has given the authors of a book about his artist father access to intimate journals written by the painter, even though he can’t face reading them himself. The journals reveal what the actor
Far from being admired as an extraordinary genius, Leonardo da Vinci was repeatedly lampooned and teased about his unusual red hair and his unconventional sexuality by other leading artists of his day.
The story of Michelangelo Merisi—better known as Caravaggio—is one of talent and turbulence. The masterful Italian Baroque painter pushed boundaries, both in his artistic and personal life. As a man with
Almost 400 years after the first folio of Shakespeare was published in 1623, scholars believe they have identified the early owner of one copy of the text, who made hundreds of insightful annotations John