Bacchante with a Panther:  a nude woman in the style of Giorgione and Titian dangles a dead bird before a leopard ridden by a naked child.

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875) died soon after the Impressionists began exhibiting together, but his influence on the movement is undeniable.(...)

The 1938 painting entitled ‘Thérèse Dreaming’ by French-Polish artist known as Balthus at New York’s Met museum on December 5th. More than 9,000 people have signed a petition demanding the museum remove the painting. Photograph: Thomas Urbain/AFP/Getty Images

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has refused to remove a controversial painting by the French painter known as Balthus from public display. The paint(...)

Bette Davis in  ‘All About Eve’

It’s hard to know what the word “cult hit” means any more. By the time such a thing gets written about in newspapers it is invariably too popular to w(...)

Much is made of how past and present collide and coalesce, particularly in the current climate of remembrance, but this collection renders invisibl(...)

A still from The Architects (2014) by Amie Siegel

Imitation of Life – Amie Siegel Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin ***** The essay film, neither fiction nor documentary in the conventional sense, is(...)

Dr Eugenia Cheng,  Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  tries to demystify maths in her book, Cakes, Custard and Category Theory.

Dr Eugenia Cheng is a woman on a mission. She wants to end people’s fearfulness of mathematics and uses music and the baking of cupcakes to accomplish(...)

This weighty and lavishly illustrated volume is, in almost equal measure, culturally monumental and melancholic. No thinking Irish person could fail t(...)

The Dublin Castle event coincides with ‘Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840’, a major exhibition under way at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago

A day-long conference entitled Art in the Country House, presented by the Irish Georgian Society and the Office of Public Works takes place in George’(...)

Things to see in Chicago  include the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History and the Art Institute of Chicago
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My daughter is studying in Springfield, Illinois, for a year and my husband, 17-year-old son and I are planning to visit. We need to go mid-term in(...)

Antonia Baehr: extinct species fascinate her because they are largely imagined, with some acquiring mythical status

Antonia Baehr is a performer, curator, producer, and writer. But is she a choreographer? “Hmm, good question,” she says. “For many years I didn’t put (...)

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