Rubens portrait of the Bearded Man.

Christie’s has formally withdrawn seven pictures owned by the Alfred Beit Foundation from next month’s ‘Old Masters’ auctions in London. The action ho(...)

Life’s work: Miss O’Murphy d’après Boucher, from 1976. Photograph courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

Micheal Farrell died in Cardet, in southern France, in 2000. For a long time he’d fought a cruel, exhausting battle with cancer, showing exceptional e(...)

François Boucher’s  A Female Nude Reclining on a Chaise-Longue (Graphite, red and white chalk on paper). ‘As the name implies, Marie-Louise O’Murphy (the model  above)  was of Irish extraction, albeit French birth . . . It was through Casanova that news of her  beauty reached the highest circles in France, Versailles.’ Photograph copyright National Gallery of Ireland

Among the more interesting pictures in a new exhibition at the National Gallery is a female nude by the 18th-century French painter François Bo(...)