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Now is not the time for culture cuts: England's fragile arts ecosystem needs more, not less, support

While Arts Council England slashed many organisations’ funding, the German government set aside nearly €1bn to help cultural institutions weather the financial storm

First international conference on Salvator Mundi: What was the role of Leonardo's workshop—and why is Christ wearing women's clothes?

There was an "open-minded and collegiate atmosphere" during scholarly proceedings in Leipzig, notably untouched by Leonardo "politics"

Did Leonardo da Vinci's studio produce two Salvator Mundis in parallel?

Martin Clayton, the Royal Collection Trust's head of prints and drawings presented his research at a major conference in Leipzig

Revealed: the first photograph of the Louvre's Leonardo book that was spiked over Salvator Mundi fiasco

The story of the "Léonard de Vinci. Le Salvator Mundi" publication that was withdrawn from sale

National Gallery renovation plans contested—while Britain appoints new leader uncontested

In the letter for our November issue, editor Alison Cole reflects on the tumultuous times of two London institutions

Art was never Queen Elizabeth II's passion—but her image was truly iconic

“You have to be seen to be believed,” was the Queen’s maxim for her own bold and supremely colourful attire

‘It’s time to ditch the culture war rhetoric’

The next UK prime minister should abandon the war on "woke" and return to nuanced debate

The delights of Sussex: the art and museums to visit in the English county

The organisation Sussex Modern brings together the many and varied cultural delights of the area

Slow down and consider Katharina Fritsch’s first Greek exhibition—a ‘retrospective’ with a difference

This perfectly formed show at the George Economou Collection in Athens provides a complex self-portrait of one of our most thoughtful contemporary artists

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Partygate: debaucherous celebrations captured by artists through the ages

As Sue Gray report detailing the British government's breach of lockdown rules is published, we look at similar scenes in art history

The Big Review: Donatello in Florence

This unrepeatable show, spread across the Palazzo Strozzi and Museo Nazionale del Bargello, reflects the Florentine master’s journey from late Gothic elegance to classical sensuality

Venice Biennale 2022: the must-see pavilions in the Giardini

From America's African facelift to the scents of hope and fear, here are the exhibitions we loved at the heart of the big event

Letter from the editor | 'Culture can build bridges, but it can also man the barricades'

As the war in Ukraine unfolds, The Art Newspaper continues to strive to make its coverage truthful, informative, illuminating and impactful, says its editor Alison Cole

'Cancelled' Madonna and Child found beneath Botticelli's $40m Man of Sorrows

Infrared images of the painting, which is due to be sold at Sotheby's in New York later this month, show that an earlier composition lies underneath

Restoration of Courtauld Gallery's Botticelli altarpiece yields surprising new discoveries

Technical studies on neglected painting cast valuable light on the workings of the Renaissance master's Florence studio and on the question of attribution

Obscure objects of desire: five of the best works in Frieze Masters' new Stand Out section

Luke Syson, the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the section's curator, wants to break down the traditional hierarchies of art history

‘Laboratory of ideas’: Paris exhibition explores Sandro Botticelli's busy studio

A new show looks at the Renaissance artist’s role as a designer and head of a busy workshop as well as the inventor of an instantly recognisable style

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South of France art venues create Covid-united network—and welcome LUMA Arles into the fold

Plein Sud includes 66 venues spanning from the Mediterranean coast to the Alps

What the Louvre’s scientific examinations of the Salvator Mundi really revealed—according to the museum’s own book

A secret booklet appears to contradict claims made in a new documentary about the painting's attribution to Leonardo

The real reason why the Salvator Mundi didn't make it into the Louvre's Leonardo show

A feature-length film, screening next week in France, sheds new light on the political machinations surrounding the world's most controversial painting

Alison Cole. with additional reporting by Georgina Adam

'Where is the champion within UK government for a vigorous, independent visual arts sector?'

The culture sector is being relegated to the ranks of "indoor entertainment"

Disarming new findings on Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi

The Louvre’s examination of the picture and independent analysis suggest blessing hand and arm were not part of the artist’s original concept

Why Sotheby's $80m Botticelli continues to mystify experts

Star lot of upcoming New York Master Week sales is set to smash previous auction record for the Early Renaissance painter

The Art Newspaper turns 30: how has the world of art publishing changed?

Current editor Alison Cole talks to founding editor and long-time editor-in-chief Anna Somers Cocks about the origins of the newspaper, the fundamentals of its journalism and the challenges the visual arts world has faced

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Martin Bailey—The Art Newspaper's correspondent—awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Other art world honourees include painter Frank Bowling; Artist Support Pledge founder Matthew Burrows; and Sally Shaw, the director of Firstsite in Colchester