Tomorrow, Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week, that sacred space in time when Christians follow the steps of Jesus and his followers toward (...)

Italian mathematician Gerolamo Cardano, the founder of probability.
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Western civilization woke with a start after the slumbers of the medieval age. Universities in Bologna, Oxford, Salamanca, Paris and elsewhere began t(...)

People look at an artwork depicting Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in Doha. Since the imposition of a boycott of Qatar by other Gulf states, Tamim has become the object of a fervent personality cult. Photograph: Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters

For the emir of Qatar, there has been little that money can’t buy. As a teenager he dreamed of becoming the Boris Becker of the Arab world, so his par(...)

Sheenagh Daly out and about in Milan, her home for the past 12 years
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Sheenagh Daly, originally from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, trained as a solicitor at an international law firm in London, which seconded her to Milan mor(...)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani: economic siege has pushed Gulf state closer to Iran and has ensured he is probably the most secure ruler in the region. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

If a cult of personality is essential for absolute rulers to maintain power then Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, has nothing to fe(...)

Salvator Mundi, by Leonardo da Vinci, became the most expensive painting ever sold at auction when it made $450 million at Christie’s, New York in November.

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The Chateau Louis XIV, which was sold for over $300 million two years ago, in Louveciennes, France. Photograph: Lea Mandana/The New York Times

When the Chateau Louis XIV sold for over $300 million two years ago, Fortune magazine called it “the world’s most expensive home,” and Town & Coun(...)

A detail from 'Salvator Mundi', an ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ which dates to about 1500. Photograph: Courtesy of Christie’s New York

He is a little-known Saudi prince from a remote branch of the royal family, with no history as a major art collector and no publicly known source of g(...)

Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford

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Christie’s employees take bids for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi during the postwar and contemporary art evening sale at Christie’s New York on Wednesday. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Salvator Mundi, the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ commissioned by King Louis XII of France more than 500 years ago, has sold at(...)

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