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Life? or Theatre? by Charlotte Salomon

    Waldemar Januszczak struggles to pin down the masterwork of a German Jewish refugee who murdered her grandfather

    How the great artists responded to lockdowns

      Waldemar Januszczak looks at what artists such as Van Gogh and Picasso created in enforced isolation

      The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli

        Waldemar Januszczak looks at how one artist captured the ability of dreams to set our nerves on end

        The Ricotta Eaters by Vincenzo Campi

          What links a little-known Italian artist, Shakespeare and red trousers? A painting of cheese eaters, with a bitter aftertaste

          Raphael and his sex life

            His reputation has tumbled in our neurotic century, but the artist’s luminous perfection —and love affairs — should be celebrated, says Waldemar Januszczak

            Paul Gauguin, The Little One Is Dreaming

              Artists who can depict children well in paintings are a rare breed, says Waldemar Januszczak

              Open art galleries and let us feed our souls 2m apart

                As I queued outside Tesco last week, dutifully maintaining my 6ft distance, mask on, gloves pulled, it occurred to me that I could be doing the same thing outside the National Gallery in London while waiting to see the marvellous Titian exhibition that opened there last month. It was open for a couple of days. […]

                Flogging off the family silver is an ancient art

                  Few words trigger as much anger and consternation in cultural circles as “deaccessioning”. It’s an attempt to sound technical and managerial about an activity that stirs deep emotions. No one wants to call it what it is — “flogging off the family silver”. But, whatever words you use, it has always gone on. And with […]

                  Artemisia Gentileschi

                    Forget the lurid stories and celebrate the astonishing intimacy created by the first great female painter

                    Cranach, Compton Verney

                      Lucas Cranach took a sardonic view of the human desire for eternal youth. Will we never learn?