Leonardo da Vincis ‘Salvator Mundi’  on display at Christie’s New York  during a press preview for the Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

It was hailed as the greatest artistic find of the past 50 years, a masterpiece disguised behind amateur layers of paint and found festering in obscur(...)

For the Love of Art: Dreams, by Frederic William Burton. Photograph courtesy of Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund.

In 2012 Frederic William Burton’s Hellelil and Hildebrand, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, inspired by a story of doomed love in a medieval Danish b(...)

Security personnel stand next to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ after it was unveiled at Christie’s in New York on October 10th. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

What’s happening? Salvator Mundi, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, is to be auctioned at Christie’s, New York, on November 15th, and the estimate is (...)

Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs (1864) by  Frederic William Burton Photograph: courtesy  National Gallery of Ireland

What is it? Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs (1864), a painting in the National Gallery of Ireland by Irish artist Frederic (...)

The charcoal portrait, in which the woman is holding a similar pose to the Mona Lisa (above) but with her body more side-on and her head turned further over her left shoulder, has been held in a collection  north of Paris since 1862. Photograph: iStock

A French art expert believes a charcoal drawing kept in a collection for more than 150 years may be a preparatory sketch made by Leonardo da Vinci of (...)

IBO’s artistic director Monica Huggett suggested that people imagine their performance as ‘musical vaudeville’

Humour is a two-way thing. We’ve all got blind spots for stuff that goes over our heads or beneath our radar. I’ve never forgotten the experience of (...)

Duomo in Treviso which contains a Titian painting. Photograph: Vito Arcomano

We keep hearing the rustling sound of unseen animals rushing away as we cycle the rural back roads of the Veneto region in northeast Italy. Sometimes (...)

Machine man: James Cameron and a Terminator. Photograph:  Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

“Ah, you’re from Dublin,” says James Cameron. “I had a honeymoon there many years ago.” I momentarily freeze. What is the correct etiquette here? Sho(...)

 The Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Torino, Italy

Torino – Museo Nazionale del Cinema I think this may be my favourite museum ever. Housed in a former synagogue, the museum contains sections on the h(...)

Lip service: a mouth made up in Maybelline’s Touchable Taupe gives me the illusion that I am a fully functioning adult

In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that I’m wearing make-up in the photograph on this page. If you met me at 7 o’clock in the morni(...)

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