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 (...)

It may sound counter-intuitive, but banks probably would not want this money. File photograph: Toby Melville/PA

In the old days when somebody had a large financial windfall, it was often speculated that person could “live off the interest”. An interest rate of (...)

“Treating time specially is a human construct and we’re using the wrong language,” says Prof David Berman.

In the basement of a former plumbing supplies store, down the road from King’s Cross station in London, two eminent physicists are discussing the natu(...)

Lot 191: Giltwood compartmented overmantle €500–€800; Adam’s

Mirrors today are so commonplace we barely give their origins a second thought. In 1999, in a discussion on Edge.org, Bill Gates – founder of the Mic(...)

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