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(...)

Leonardo: Vitruvian Man at the Louvre. Photograph:  Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

The exhibition that opened at the Louvre this week to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death appears to have fulfilled his ambition “(...)

 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli poses at the British embassy in Rome before receiving the medal of knighthood from the British ambassador to Italy in 2004. File photograph: Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images

Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a stat(...)

Salvator Mundi: the painting sold for $450 million  after being attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

Salvator Mundi, the world’s most expensive painting, will not be part of this year’s big Leonardo da Vinci show in Paris because curators at the Louvr(...)

Leinster’s Rocky Elsom bursts through the Leicester  defence during the 19-16 win in the 2009 Heineken Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

Rocky Elsom’s biographer wastes no time entering the realm of hagiography. “Rocky is like a modern day renaissance man, a Leonardo da Vinci in studs,(...)

Royal Collection Trust head of prints and drawings Martin Clayton with a drawing which has been recently confirmed as a portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A sketch of a bearded man, owned by the Royal Collection, has been “identified” as Leonardo da Vinci. The picture, in which the subject “appears a l(...)

Leonardo da Vinci: Little is known of his personal life.

Fascinated by fossils, keen on cutting up cadavers, inventor of machines of war, and painter of two of the most famous artworks in the world, Leonardo(...)

A drawing in red chalk widely accepted as a self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci. Biblioteca Reale, Turin. Machiavelli collaborated with Leonardo on a plan to steal the river Arno from the Pisans, bringing them to their senses, or their knees, or both.

By the time he died, 500 years ago today, Leonardo da Vinci had long risen above the disadvantage of his illegitimate birth. His father was a wealthy (...)

Author Will Eaves, winner of the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize for Murmur, his novel inspired by the story of Alan Turing

Novelist Will Eaves has won the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize for Murmur, a novel which judges described as a “future classic”, and inspired by the legacy (...)

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