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(...)

Mr Peabody & Sherman 2:30

Well, this sounds like an impressively terrible idea for a family film. The title characters – an urbane dog and his perky adopted human son – first a(...)

I ’m reading an article about how what you wear to drop the children off to school reveals “where you’re at” in life. Big sunglasses and big hair say (...)

Silvano Vinceti (top), head of Italy’s National Committee for the Promotion of Historic and Cultural Heritage, looks on as researchers open the tomb in the stone church floor above the family crypt of Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo at the Santissima Annunziata basilica in Florence. Photograph:  Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Researchers opened a centuries-old Florence tomb in a search for remains that could confirm the identity of the woman whose enigmatic smile Leonardo d(...)

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