Le Grand Canal by Monet estimated at £20 million-£30 million in Sotheby’s auction

No fewer than five paintings by French artist Claude Monet – with a combined top estimate of €60 million – will go under the hammer in Sotheby’s Impre(...)

Stocking up on hand-sewn, leather-bound notebooks no longer requires a trip to Venice as the ancient skills are still being practised at Barbara Hu(...)

Venice Rowback Authorities in Venice have overturned a ban on large cruise ships sailing into St Mark’s basin, introduced in August 2014 to pro(...)

Francesco Rosi, who has died aged 92, was a film-maker who was fascinated with power, poverty and politics and whose commitment to social issues made (...)

Sean Lynch. Photograph: Deirdre Power

Sean Lynch is one of a handful of Irish artists to have studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. They don’t give you a degree or a(...)

A beach in Ölüdeniz, Turkey, one of the hot spots for 2015

BELGRADE Recent history relegated Serbia to the role of international pariah, but that’s all changed now and Belgrade has reaffirmed itsel(...)

Former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield has been awarded a gold medal of honorary patronage by the University Philosophical Society in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield has received an honorary patronage from Trinity College Dublin. He was awarded a gold meda(...)

Christie’s: John Lavery’s The Bathing Hour, Lido, Venice.

Next week’s art auctions in London feature some notable lots of Irish interest. On Monday evening at Bonhams in New Bond Street, Paysage Breton, by Ro(...)

Italian sister Cristina Scuccia holding her prize after winning the The Voice of Italy in Milan in June. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

As endorsements for your first album go, they do not get much heavier than this. When Italy’s Singing Nun, 26-year-old Ursuline sister Cristina Scucci(...)

 Oscar de la Renta (R), pictured with American Vogue Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (C), died yesterday at his home in Kent, Connecticut. He was 82. Photograph:   Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Oscar de la Renta, the doyen of American fashion, whose career began in the 1950s in Franco’s Spain and sprawled across the better living rooms of Par(...)

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