Anna Somers Cocks

Get the app and the church door will open to you

How often on our walks do we get to an enticing old church, only to find that it’s locked? Mobile phones provide the 'open sesame'

Venice analysis

Where does the cruise ship crash leave Venice?

The mayor demands that liners use other channels to enter the lagoon but this solution also poses problems

Why the Tbilisi art fair should not be afraid of communist-period art

A successful second edition of the fair, with visits to houses and studios, and lots of collateral shows

Carlos Santana dreams of seeing the Mona Lisa naked: now he can

As the so-called “Nude Mona Lisa” goes on display at Chantilly, here’s the Mexican guitarist’s love song

Why I agreed to join the advisory board of the art fair in Georgia (no, not the southern US state)

It has art schools, tradition, a culturally rich catchment area, and a true-grit backer

Obituariescomment

What Jayne Wrightsman did when you criticised her style

Anna Somers Cocks recalls a telling episode in her relations with the Met’s benefactor, who died on 20 April

Britain’s historic house owners pledge ancient trees for Notre Dame rebuilding

The cathedral’s roof, wholly destroyed in the fire, was built of some 1300 great trees

Prizesnews

Caravaggio in the flesh at The Art Newspaper Russia’s annual prize ceremony

Actors, musicians, dancers and a famous Moscow film director, combined with lighting wizardry, celebrate the Russian art world

Grimani antiquities collection comes home to Venice palazzo after four centuries

Cardinal Grimani’s classical Greek and Roman sculptures—given to the Venetian Republic in 1587—will be reassembled in theatrical palace gallery

Unesconews

Goodbye Venice, goodbye Ravenna, goodbye Ferrara, goodbye Carthage?

Many World Heritage Sites around the Mediterranean are at grave risk from sea-level rise by 2100, report says

Londonnews

How the UK has revived its Monuments Men

The CPPU consists of a solitary lieutenant-colonel, but he is recruiting

Art marketcomment

Will the UK be able to take part in antiquities busts after Brexit?

Nineteen of the accused in Operation Demetra face trial in December, while the alleged UK mastermind awaits extradition

Do not penalise Saudi Arabian artists for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

"There is great fear now within Saudi Arabia, with even stricter self-censorship than before"

Anna Somers Cocks. , additional comment from Stephen Stapleton

Why being a royal artist in the Gulf is a mixed blessing

Rashid Al Khalifa of Bahrain is showing his art in London’s Saatchi Gallery

Top museum directors on the challenges of climate change and mass tourism

Vatican conference on preventive conservation warns of environmental impact of short-term politics

Ivorycomment

The UK’s imminent law against the trade in ivory is a serious threat to liberties, says former Lord Chief Justice

Civilians will be allowed to enter your house, break open containers and use “reasonable force”

How two missing legs helped the restitution of an Italian secrétaire worth €2m

The Italian state has a permanent right to confiscate illegally exported work

Venice rallies to save its ancient glass-blowing industry from Chinese competition

The Venice Glass Week is a city-wide collaboration between museums, commercial galleries and artisans of Murano

Found guilty in 1995 of embezzling investors’ money, Roberto Polo resurfaces in role of art benefactor in Spain

Toledo government hopes for “El Greco” effect from this 15-year loan of late 19th- and 20th-century works

Lawnews

The UK’s ban on ivory sales will not protect the elephants

A spokesman for Traffic, the leading researchers of trade in endangered species, says it is the Asian market that drives the poaching, not the Western market

Art fairsanalysis

Why the new Tbilisi Art Fair restores pleasure to buying art

It’s affordable, good quality, unspeculative—and the wine is great

Is nothing sacred? The Metropolitan Museum should apologise to the Vatican for Heavenly Bodies show

Curator Andrew Bolton’s Costume Institute blockbuster is pointlessly offensive to believers

Why the French can sell arms and culture to Saudi Arabia, but the US and UK only arms

France's latest deal with the Kingdom reveals the close connection between culture and foreign affairs

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The desire for paradise

Emilia Kabakov discusses the duo’s past in the USSR and their aim to stop it defining how they are perceived as artists

Booksreview

The commercial rape of Venice is the result of a moral failing in the Italians

This is the view of a former Getty chief, who says the problems of the Serenissima are a paradigm for other historic cities