With a splash and a whoosh, Jimmy Johnson and Gibby Gobson landed in the ocean. Illustration: Tim Mudie

This story was submitted as part of the “Become a Young Storykeeper” initiative, run by Fighting Words and Great Lighthouses of Ireland in 2020. Young(...)

 It is to the French that we owe the use of apostrophes in English, but the word itself comes from ancient Greece

There is a case to be made that life is too short for worrying about the misuse of apostrophes. Even the late John Richards, a grammarian Don Quixote,(...)

Salvator Mundi: the Louvre has certified it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. But it kept those findings secret after a squabble with the painting’s owners. Photograph: Benjamin Norman/New York Times

French curators had worked for a decade to prepare a major exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. When it opened,(...)

Villa Santo Sospir,  where Jean Cocteau stayed and painted murals throughout. Photograph:  Marina Melia/Villa Santo Sospir DACS/Comit Cocteau

A new book exploring the houses of the world’s great artists is both fascinating and disappointing “For artists we’re never going to get to meet(...)

Rob Kearney, Brad Thorn and Isa Nacewa celebrate after beating Ulster in the 2012 Heineken Cup Final at Twickenham. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the standout features of this dismembered rugby season was when Damian de Allende and RG Snyman appeared in Munster colours. De Allende, a 28(...)

Our nearest neighbour in space has been part of human culture since time immemorial. File photograph: Getty

Reading through Galileo’s work Sidereus Nuncius you get a sense of not just the thrill of discovery, but of a keen eye seeing Earth’s sculpted landsca(...)

The Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. The central bank there keeps its discount window jammed open and accepts government debt as collateral at zero interest rates. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

As the lockdown rules are eased, the economic and political ramifications of the Great Pandession of 2020 are only beginning to take shape. Some peopl(...)

Albrecht Dürer was born in Nuremberg in 1471 and produced art of outstanding quality

Albrecht Dürer was born in Nuremberg in 1471, third of a family of 18 children. Were he still living, he would be celebrating his 549th birthday on Th(...)

A Google Street View image of  the British Museum

To paraphrase a philosophical conundrum: if an artwork exists in a gallery, and nobody sees it, is it still meaningful? As cultural institutions close(...)

 A part of the painting ‘Christ Mocked’, a long-lost masterpiece by Florentine Renaissance artist Cimabue in the late 13th century, which was found months ago hanging in an elderly woman’s kitchen in  France. Photograph: Reuters

A tiny early Renaissance masterpiece found in a French woman’s kitchen during a house clearance has fetched more than €24 million at auction, making i(...)

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