Handout provided by the Swiss police shows what they believe to be the Ritratto di Isabella d’Este by Leonardo da Vinci. Italian investigators  have seized the  portrait from a Swiss vault after a tip-off. Photograph: Ticino police handout/Reuters

Italian investigators are looking into how a priceless masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci may have ended up in a bank vault in the Swiss city of Lugano.(...)

1960: Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in Rome’s  Trevi Fountain during the shooting of Federico Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images/File photo

Anita Ekberg, the Swedish actress who gained global fame dancing in Rome’s Trevi Fountain in Federico Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita, has died aged 83.T(...)

Once derided by Albert Einstein as “spooky action at a distance”, entanglement demonstrates how some particles are so deeply linked that observing one has an effect on the other, even though they may be separated widely. Photograph: AP Photo/File

Thousands of years ago people made up stories to explain the world. Myths describing the changing seasons often became dogma, morphing into religion. (...)

Commotion, a tapestry by Vera Klute

The Grand Scheme – Vera Klute The Lab, Dublin ****   German-born, Dublin-based Vera Klute impressed with her graduation show (...)

The signing of peace: Orpen’s subjects included President Woodrow Wilson, the French prime minister, Georges Clemenceau, and the British prime minister, David Lloyd George. Photograph: IWM via Getty

After the 1916 Rising William Orpen’s pupil and protege Seán Keating tried to persuade his master to return to Ireland from London and lead a revival (...)

Damien Hirst in front of one of his works. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

In the museum business – if you can look on it as a business for a moment – it is said that if you want a surefire winner of an exhibition, one tha(...)

This wonderful animated infographic from Nature Video is based on a new scholarly paper offering a macroscopic perspective of cultural history. The vi(...)

Mirror writing: left-handers are celebrating a day of being left-handed.

It’s perhaps no more than a gimmicky celebration, but today, August 13th, is devoted to International Left Handers Day – when lefties everywhere get a(...)

Skull attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Photograph: Dr K Becker

A model skull picked up in an antique shop in 1987 turns out to have been crafted by the great Renaissance artist and anatomist Leonardo da Vinci. Che(...)

A world without weeping might sound like a utopian dream come true, but there’s more to the sob story than you might think. Photograph: Getty Images

Video of Bat Kid in San Francisco; a romcom; the heating was broken two weeks ago when it snowed. These are just some of the answers to the questio(...)

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