Donald Lee

Donald Lee is the Literary Editor of The Art Newspaper


Dante’s dazzle: was the ineffable light described in the Divine Comedy the inspiration for Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings of Heaven?

Art historian Martin Kemp turns his focus onto the Italian author's interest in the failure of sight when confronted with Empyrean splendours

Here are the most visited Old Master exhibitions of 2019

The hype surrounding major anniversary celebrations saw big turnouts for Bruegel, Leonardo and Rembrandt

Here are the ten most visited 19th century art exhibitions of 2019

Which Impressionist made the biggest impression in this category?

Convention-defying legacy of playwright Alfred Jarry goes on show at New York's Morgan Library

The 300-work exhibition showcases Jarry’s experimentation with book and magazine design, including his rough woodcuts and collages

Troy meets world: London show reconciles myth and reality of ancient city

British Museum exhibition will display work inspired by epic stories alongside artefacts from 19th-century archaeological excavations

King of the monarch collectors: George IV's lavish collection goes on show in London

The royal amassed works of art in every field from Rembrandt paintings to Sèvres porcelain

Caravaggio and Bernini show promises to be about more than just its titular #barockstars

Exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum will highlight the multiple trends and rich aesthetics of early Baroque art in Rome

Hollywood director lights up Rembrandt show at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Cinematographer Peter Suschitzky brings a film-industry sensibility to the south London show

Michelangelo drawings head (Mid)West for Cleveland show

The exhibition, which includes a preliminary drawings for the Sistine Chapel ceiling, will also travel to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles

More great Danes: new Copenhagen show expands Denmark's Golden Age

Works from the 19th-century helped construct a national identity in Denmark that is ripe for discussion now, says curator

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the little-known Renaissance painter Bartolomé Bermejo at the National Gallery to the Hayward Gallery's huge group show exploring gender fluidity

This carefully selected exhibition of the Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo is small and perfectly formed

The MA curatorial show at the Barber Institute, Birmingham, challenges many of our assumptions

Meet the last Renaissance man: Goethe's influence on art explored at the Bundeskunsthalle

The vast show examines Goethe's influence and his dominance of the 18th and 19th century European intellectual world

'Exceptional loan' of Francesco Melzi painting from Russia comes to London's National Gallery

Unusual month-long display of recently restored work by Leonardo’s favourite and heir will be lent by the State Hermitage Museum

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Munch's angst-ridden prints at the British Museum to Van Gogh's love affair with the UK at Tate Britain

Ranked: the top ten most popular shows in their categories from around the world

Including Old Masters, Contemporary, Post-Impressionist and Modern, and more

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Emma Kunz's powerful abstract drawings at the Serpentine Gallery to Mike Nelson's industrial sculptures at Tate Britain

Tefaf Maastricht wish list: from a £3m Pissarro landscape to ancient Greek armour

As the VIP preview of the Dutch fair opens, we select objects to suit every taste from the Classical to contemporary

Tefaf Maastricht wishlist: five works for under £5,000

From the death of Seneca to a mycological still-life, our pick of the more affordable works on offer at the fair

The music of Mark Rothko finally sounds in the land of Mozart

First exhibition in Austria reveals Abstract Expressionist’s identification with the work of the Old Masters

New London shows lift the lid on Boilly, the prolific painter of Parisian life

Exhibition at the National Gallery and a display at the Wallace Collection focus on artist virtually unknown in the UK

'Authority, concision and style': historian Theodore K. Rabb dies, aged 81

The specialist of the Early Modern period was a regular contributor to The Art Newspaper

Jean-Jacques Lequeu's fantasies finally find favour with Paris show

Petit Palais exhibition explores the architect's explicit drawings and designs for unrealised buildings including a cow-shaped dairy

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the treasures of an Assyrian king at the British Museum to Lorenzo Lotto’s insightful portraits at the National Gallery

Rothschild Bronzes definitely by Michelangelo, new book claims

Pair of nude males, acquired by the family in 1877, last sold at auction in 2002

Big on Bruegel: Vienna museum assembles largest show on the artist

A literally once-in-a-lifetime exhibition is at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum

Assyrian warrior king Ashurbanipal rides into London with treasures in tow

Exhibition at the British Museum includes carved ivories and a recreation of his huge library of cuneiform tablets

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the erotic drawings of Klimt and Schiele at the Royal Academy to a last chance to see two hard-hitting shows by Mika Rottenberg and Hannah Perry

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From a “once in a lifetime” show of Henry Walpole's reunited treasures to a final chance to see a Michael Jackson thriller at the National Portrait Gallery

'Prime minister of taste': Horace Walpole's collection reunited at Strawberry Hill

Exhibition in collector's former Thames-side home follows a successful (and ongoing) treasure hunt

From Waldmüller to Klimt: bouquets in abundance at Vienna's Belvedere

Exhibition looks at Austrian obsession with flower painting since the 18th century

Crowd-magnet Vermeer borrowed for Alte Pinakothek’s curtain-raiser

Munich museum has undergone a four-year €12m renovation

Three to see: London

Rodin takes on the Parthenon sculptures at the British Museum while James Cook sets sail for the British Library

Rodin’s debt to Parthenon sculptures explored in British Museum exhibition

Eighty marble, bronze and plaster works by French artist are put in dialogue with ancient Greek art

Turner Prize nominee Gillian Ayres dies, aged 88

Abstract artist and printmaker was made a Royal Academician in 1991, but she resigned temporarily in 1997

How Delacroix went from lycée dropout to establishment favourite

Exhibition at the Musée du Louvre is first major survey of the painter’s work in more than 50 years

Three to see: London

The Brazilian Modernists who helped with the war effort, and the last chance to see Winnie-the-Pooh

Three to see: London

From Picasso's year of masterpieces at Tate Modern to his fellow Spaniard Murillo's portraits at the National Gallery

Church of the Holy Sepulchre re-opened after three-day protest closure

Shrine was shut amid escalation of Israeli-Palestinian hostilities

All the city's a stage: Munich celebrates Goethe's Faust with group show and festival

Exhibition commemorating German play includes works by Eugène Delacroix, Robert Mapplethorpe and Martin Scorsese

Thomas Cole's Old World roots and art-world inspirations examined in transatlantic show

Exhibition on US painter opens at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art before travelling to London

Three to see in New York in 2018

Our pick of must-see shows opening in the coming year

Architectural historian appointed director of The Queen’s art collection

Tim Knox, currently director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, is a keen connoisseur of works of art

Hail, Caesar, as Rome’s first 12 emperors return

Metropolitan Museum of Art reassembles 16th-century silver table ornaments for first time in two centuries

Merrie Monarch’s collection goes on show at the Queen’s Gallery

Despite the dispersion of his executed father’s vast holdings, Charles II acquired a formidable set of works

‘Everything refers to everything else’: Vienna exhibitions explore Raphael's and Rubens's practices

Concurrent surveys in Austrian capital investigate the Old Masters' imaginative resources


Podcast episode five: what's the story behind the $100m Leonardo?

What will happen when the only painting in private hands by the Renaissance master heads to auction? Plus: the New Museum's big new show on gender, and our literary editor talks 18th-century princesses

Three to see: London

From slick and surreal photographs at the Serpentine to art in canal boats for the Art Licks Weekend

Deh vieni, non tardar: opera for all at the V&A

London museum and Royal Opera House bring the elite musical form to the masses

Three to see: London

From Rachel Whiteread’s mummified air to the burial rituals of the mysterious Scythians

Elusive Scythians brought to life through show of archaeological discoveries

British Museum exhibition organised with Hermitage traces history of a culture with no written records

A long history of scholarship drives survey of Raphael’s drawings currently exhibited at the Ashmolean

Debate over attribution has marked modern scholarship on this great master, bringing nuance to the Oxford show

A long history of scholarship drives a survey of Raphael’s drawings

The Ashmolean Museum joins forces with the Albertina in Vienna for the show

Naming names: on the Le Nain mystery at Louvre-Lens

An exhibition attempts to assign discrete attributions to the works of the brothers Le Nain

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