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(...)

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,(...)

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