In 1878 Van Gogh was a struggling would-be preacher. At his lowest ebb, he began to draw. Alastair Sooke looks back at this pivotal moment in history. In the spring of 1878, Vincent van Gogh turned 25.
Thousands of people from the Yazidi religious community have sought refuge on the arid heights of Mount Sinjar, close to the Syrian border. Some of the displaced Yazidis managed to escape across the Syrian
Photograph: HANDOUT/REUTERS Universal Orlando's new Diagon Alley attraction, part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, is seen in this undated handout picture in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Universal
Saul Leiter, who has died aged 89, was one of the quiet men of American photography. A pioneer of colour, he remained relatively unsung until he was rediscovered by curators and critics in his early 80s.
Scientists in the US claim to have a new explanation for why we sleep: in the hours spent slumbering, a rubbish disposal service swings into action that cleans up waste in the brain. Through a series experiments
While city dwellers look up at the night sky and are left staring at a nearly blank atmosphere, occasionally featuring the moving lights of a distant airplane flying by, the Earth and Sky Mt. John Observatory
Dutch photographer Ellen Kooi produces eye-catching images with elements of surrealism that seem like scenes from a dark fairytale. Each photo in her growing collection of work features its own imaginative