Rediscovered: detail from Three Studies for Self-Portrait (1980), a  triptych painting by Francis Bacon

Rediscovered self-portraits by Francis Bacon will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday evening. A triptych (a painting on three sep(...)

Velázquez’s only surviving nude: Toilet of Venus (1647-51). Photograph © National Gallery, London/Réunion des Musées Nationaux

It was rotten being a royal in 17th-century Spain. The populace were decimated by plague and endless war. The Dutch and French coveted one’s territ(...)

A woman licks a statue of Sancho Panza underneath a state of Don Quixote at a monument that honours Miguel de Cervantes, one of Spain’s most important literary figures and author of the famous novel, Don Quixote, at Madrid’s Plaza de Espana. Photograph: Susana Vera / Reuters

He may be one of Spain’s literary heroes, but during his life four centuries ago, Miguel de Cervantes could have been considered something of “(...)