Vermeer’s Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window undergoing X-ray fluorescence analysis. Photograph: Maria Körber/Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

After nearly three centuries behind a layer of paint, a naked Cupid has surfaced in one of the world’s best-loved artworks, drastically altering the b(...)

A museum guest photographs Johannes Vermeer’s Woman Holding a Balance in the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

Here is a question that art experts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC are trying to tackle: Are a couple of paintings in the museum’s co(...)

Twilight Payment ridden by Jye McNeil (No 6) on the way to victory   in the Melbourne Cup at the Flemington Racecourse. Photograph: George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos/AFP via  Getty Images

Another remarkable family success for Joseph O’Brien in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup was marred by fatal injuries sustained in the race by his father Aidan(...)

Jye McNeil and Twilight Payment took the Melbourne Cup for Joseph O’Brien. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty

Joseph O’Brien sent out his second winner of the Lexus Melbourne Cup as Twilight Payment triumphed in the Group One contest at Flemington. O’Brien cl(...)

Frans Hals painting was stolen twice before in The Netherlands in 2011 and 1988. Photograph: Ilvy Njiokiktjien

A work by the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age portrait artist Frans Hals, worth about €15 million, has made art theft history by being stolen from the s(...)

Chloe Slevin with her painting Girl With A Surgical Mask which she is hoping to auction in aid of the Feed the Heroes charity. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A first year student nurse is raising money for charity by reimagining some of the world’s most popular paintings with a Covid-19 twist. Chloe Slevin(...)

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Dutch maestro Johannes Vermeer. Photograph: Getty

The iconic gaze of the world’s second most enigmatic female, Johannes Vermeer’s 17-century masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring, may not always have (...)

Wayne Lordan and Iridessa after victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty

Having secured a first Breeders Cup training success through Iridessa, the record-breaking Joseph O’Brien transfers his international ambitions to mor(...)

Johannes Vermeer: Girl With a Pearl Earring. Photograph: Mauritshuis/Google Arts & Culture/New York Times

Johannes Vermeer, whose acute eye captured the quiet beauty of Dutch domestic life, was not a prolific artist: just 36 paintings are widely acknowledg(...)

Donnacha O’Brien on Latrobe wins The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Phtograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Joseph O’Brien’s Irish Derby hero Latrobe is set to try and put a perfect seal on the young trainer’s 2018 flat campaign at Hong Kong’s international (...)

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