Detail from Head of a Woman (1906) by Walter Sickert

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda ****   As a writer and editor and not a curator p(...)

A guard walks past Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nu Couché” on display at a press preview at Christie’s auction house in New York. Photograph: Timonth A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

In an overheated art market where anything seems possible, a painting of an outstretched nude woman by the early-20th-century artist Amedeo Modigli(...)

Francis Bacon in his studio, circa 1960. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

In the Hugh Lane Gallery, on Parnell Square in Dublin, Michael Peppiatt is reading from his new memoir, Francis Bacon in Your Blood, which details (...)

Detail from ‘The Brigadier’ portrait by Lucian Freud, which  goes on sale in Christie’s New York next month

Visitors to the Lough Eske Castle Hotel in Donegal will notice a large painting titled The Brigadier. It’s a portrait of Andrew Parker Bowles, a fo(...)

Four Eggs on a Plate by Lucian Freud  sold for almost £1 million at Sotheby’s in London

Four Eggs on a Plate by artist Lucian Freud, which he had given as a gift to the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, sold for almost £1 million (€1.4 (...)

‘Four Eggs on a Plate’ by Lucien Freud, which is estimated by Sotheby’s to sell for £100,000-£150,000

A postcard-size oil painting of four eggs on a plate, measuring just 4in by 6in, is expected to sell for £150,000 – or more – at Sotheby’s in London n(...)

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford, former home of Sir Walter Raleigh, where you can now stay in aristocratic splendour

An invitation to dinner and an overnight stay in Lismore Castle, the opulent Irish seat of Britain’s Duke of Devonshire prompted concern. What to b(...)

‘Les Femmes D’Alger’ by Picasso sold for €179.4 million

The extraordinary boom in the international art market continued this week with world-record auction prices established for painting and sculpture. On(...)

A security guard  watches over the Pablo Picasso’s painting ‘Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), oil on canvas during an auction at Christie’s in New York, NY. The painting set a new record world auction record for any work of art selling for 160 million US dollar (142.9 million euro) plus auction fees of 12 percent, costing a total of 179.3 million US dollar. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

A painting by Picasso sold for $179.4 million (€159.86 million) at Christie’s in New York last night creating a new world record price for any work(...)

The Ring (Engagement) by Roy Lichtenstein, dating from 1963

Combined estimates for the May series of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York are, astoundingly(...)