Two Travellers, Jack B Yeats (1942). Courtesy of the Tate

What is it? A 1942 painting by Jack B Yeats (1871-1957). How was it done? It is, stylistically, later Yeats. That is, the period when the artist ha(...)

Artist Gottfried Helnwein with his wife Renate and grandchildren Solas, Croí and Éala in the library in Gurteen Castle Kilsheelin, Co Tipperary. Photograph: John D Kelly

Nineteen years ago Gottfried Helnwein asked his wife Renate to find him a castle. They were living on Parliament Street in Dublin’s Temple Bar, search(...)

Untitled painting by Wilhelm Sasnal. Image copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

The Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal visited Lismore Castle on a cold, wet November weekend in 2012 to discuss the possibility of doing an exhibition t(...)

Judith Schalansky: her novel has a beguiling intellectual quality that is extraordinarily German

Most people have a Frau Inge Lohmark lurking somewhere in their memory. Usually a particularly miserable teacher who took pride in never cracki(...)

Under the Skin 2:05

The opening sentence of HG Wells’s The War of the Worlds sugg(...)