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Remembering Jacob Rothschild, banker, collector, philanthropist, and a towering figure in the British art world

A scion of the famous banking dynasty, he led the National Gallery, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Waddesdon Manor

Queen Camilla brings the art of monarchy to a London studio community in search of a permanent home

The British royal toured Kindred Studios, a hub which currently offers affordable rents to artists and makers at its temporary location—and which has a 3,500-strong waiting list

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Face time: how the art world is preparing to work with the Apple Vision Pro

The mixed reality headset offers astonishing visual quality. But, as it goes on sale at $3,500 a go, how will it enhance curators' dreams of giving global access to high-fidelity experiences of gallery and museum shows?

Going big: digital artists who show on a grand scale at immersive institutions

The rise of huge immersive venues, with giant, wraparound programmable LED screens, has provided a new canvas, and potential new audience, for digital artists. We look at four of the main players, from widely varied backgrounds

Mona Lisa undamaged after protesters at the Louvre throw soup at Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece

Members of Riposte Alimentaire demand the right to "healthy and sustainable food" after splattering pumpkin soup over the protective glazing in front of the world's most-viewed painting

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‘As if he has just left the room’: a farewell tour of the studio of Raymond Briggs, creator of ‘The Snowman’

The Sussex house-cum-studio where the graphic novelist worked for six decades proves to be as colourful, characterful, and packed with verve as his classic visual narratives

From Apple's Vision Pro goggles to digital NG200—six things to look out for in art and tech in 2024

The coming year has buttons for everyone to press including a celebration of the computer artist Harold Cohen and Art Dubai Digital

AI to Z: an art and tech alphabet for 2023

Our guide to a fast-moving year in artificial intelligence, blockchain contracts, stadium-scale video, NFTs and social media

The Big Review: Andy Warhol at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin ★★★★☆

Andy Warhol the colourist stars in a stand-out exhibition that offers fresh perspectives on curating the world's most familiar artist

'Rokeby Venus' goes back on show at National Gallery four weeks after attack by climate activists

Velázquez masterpiece required 'conservation treatment to minor damage sustained to the painting surface, and the fitting of new glazing' following hammer attack on 6 November

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Remembering Henry Kissinger, master of art politics, whose Cold War diplomacy still had resonance in 2023

Kissinger, one of the most photographed men of his time, with an instantly recognisable pair of spectacles, was a powerful graphic gift to artists including Philip Guston

Origami cranes and muddy boots: Fifa Museum unveils the memorabilia it acquired from the Women’s World Cup

Japanese markers of gratitude, along with Indigenous symbols of welcome from Australia and New Zealand, will be shown alongside mud-stained footwear, kit and balls in a new exhibition

How Velázquez's 'Rokeby Venus' became a symbol of public pride—and political protest

This week's attack by climate protesters is the third time that the National Gallery masterpiece has been recruited to articulate contemporary social or cultural concerns

Artist and AI pioneers use DeepDream to create ‘hallucinatory’ depictions of landscapes by Capability Brown

Daniel Ambrosi used Google's AI to reimagine high-res photographs of parkland designed by the 18th-century landscape architect

Robert Irwin, pioneering creator of light and experiential art, has died, aged 95

Irwin explored human perception with his installations as well as the spaces he designed for institutions such as the Getty Museum in Los Angeles

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Architects of light: how artists are using years of hardware advances to serve their vision

Shows in London and Amsterdam and new works marking 300 years since Christopher Wren’s death reveal artists putting concept first, despite the paralysis of choice offered by infinitely programmable LEDs

An architect for the centuries: how to share in events marking 300 years since the death of Christopher Wren

Church walking tours, online talks and light art installations in St Paul's Cathedral are some of the events being held to celebrate the work of Britain's most celebrated architect

Fresh light on Wren: new installations interact with the domed spaces of two of the architect's greatest buildings

300 hundred years after the death of Christopher Wren, the London Design Festival has commissioned new pieces of light art for St Paul’s Cathedral and St Stephen Walbrook

Colour focus: the third annual Art History Festival offers over 60 free events to the public around the UK

Organisers, speakers and curators see the most diverse festival to date as a chance to demonstrate that art history is central to education and to reading the signals of modern life

Jamie Reid, graphic designer who defined the visual character of the punk movement, has died aged 76

The artist's subversive collage work for the Sex Pistols' single 'God Save The Queen' was a defining image of 1970s protest

Silvio Berlusconi, politician and early proponent of 'culture war' rhetoric, has died, aged 86

The outspoken leader of three Italian governments between 1994 and 2011 was often publicly critical of contemporary art and architecture projects in Italy

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Blockchain platforms promise resale royalties and provenance tracking for physical artworks

After NFT boom, blockchain technology is increasingly being used to help solve art industry's practical problems

Munstead Wood, a masterpiece of Arts and Crafts, is acquired by the National Trust

Government funding helps acquire Surrey house and garden that launched the global careers of the architect Edwin Lutyens and the garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, whose home it was for nearly 40 years

'Sometimes even the vultures have nothing to feed on': Kenyan artists bring an ecological warning to Manhattan

New York exhibition Kenyan Collectives at Affirmation Arts focuses on existential threats to Kenya’s wildlife and water supply

Twelve must-see exhibitions in New York during Frieze

From Lauren Halsey's new commission for the Met rooftop to funkily subversive sculptures at the Museum of Arts and Design, the season's essential exhibitions

Royally great crowd-sourcing: more than 11,000 people submit drawings to create a digital portrait of King Charles III

Christie's marks coronation by auctioning portrait in aid of BBC Children in Need and holding exhibitions of Shakespeare's First Folio and the work of Royal Drawing School alumni

Louis Jebb. with additional reporting by Anna Brady

Harry Belafonte, singer, actor and civil rights champion inspired by artists' involvement in social causes, has died, aged 96

Belafonte cited Pablo Picasso and his artist friend Charles White among the visual and performing artists whose support of social justice movements inspired his activism

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Remembering Barry Humphries, art lover, artist and creator of Dame Edna Everage, who has died, aged 89

Australian comedian and actor was a passionate champion of museums, libraries and the visual arts, and a collector of late 19th-century artists and authors

The revolution may be randomised: new Damien Hirst project lets buyers generate their own 'Spin' NFTs

The British artist's latest venture, a tech-heavy development of the Spin Paintings launched in 1992, touches all the tech buzzwords as collectors order one-off NFTs from a dashboard menu