Art history

Chinese institutions work with the Metropolitan for groundbreaking exhibition

'Age of Empires' explores the art of the Qin and Han dynasties

Statens Museum for Kunst assesses how Northern Europeans interpreted Japan

Japanomania returns once more to Copenhagen as the exhibition looks at how Nordic artists used Japanese art in their own work


Books: Caravaggio's diametrically opposed contexts in conflict

Across two books, the master's work is interpreted in divergent, not diverse, ways

Photo shows that made history

As a new book surveys landmark photographic exhibitions, museums are only starting to catch up with the digital revolution of the medium


Books: Two books explore newer ways of seeing the world (and art) with varying degrees of success

Where Ossian Ward provides a handy guide, Charles Saatchi fails to impress

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Art Basel follows Frieze’s lead with display covering art-historical endeavours

Survey, which will debut at Art Basel Miami Beach, uses Frieze Masters as its template


Books: A far from academic set-up at the Académie royale

The Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture promoted “diversity of manners” rather than stylistic unity


The forgotten collectors: Five significant 19th-century collectors

The contributions of tobacco heiresses and banking magnates explored

More questions than answers after ‘miraculous’ Russian avant-garde show

Specialists express concern about lack of provenance for works by artists including Rodchenko and Goncharova in Italian exhibition


Great War memorials go online for first time

The project has already documented around 2,000 works


Ethics and aesthetics: the increasing prominence of socially engaged art

Away from the glitz of record-breaking auction prices and extravagant art parties, austerity has given strength to a new movement of socially engaged artists


Books: How Warburg helped to invent the exhibition—and the curator

The art historian’s collected writings include an illuminating essay drawn from his dazzling, lengthy lectures

How printmaking made Rembrandt an international star

New technology and growing middle class consumption opened up his works and those of his contemporaries to new markets


Books: The fake’s progress from a sign of genius to a nefarious act... and back again

The history and scholarship of art forgery, and a faker’s delighted account of a life of deception

Who’s in the picture? Anti-terror software might tell us

Face recognition software used to spot terrorists may be the answer to identifying unknown sitters in portraits.

Books: The National Gallery’s latest Technical Bulletin makes some great discoveries

The volume is a compendium of papers presented at the Gallery in September 2009

Why the art world is crazy about Cranach

New technology is shedding light on an Old Master as the prolific, multi-talented artist enjoys a renaissance


Books: Art not made by artists and trends in art production

When artists subcontract technicians to make the works they design, who’s the artist?


Books in brief: British and Irish Art, 1945-51

Despite some factual inaccuracies, this is a refreshing and invigorating presentation that challenges assumptions

Books: A portrait of Ford Madox Brown through his four 'loves'

A study of the women who had the greatest impact on the life and work of Ford Madox Brown

Books: The continuities in Medieval and Renaissance art at the V&A

A deep look into the remarkable objects now on display in the museum's recently opened galleries


Books: What does Pre-Raphaelite mean?

This collection of essays questions how we understand the terms Pre-Raphaelite, Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Movement


Saving the ephemeral art gallery: The director of Tate Liverpool on preserving institutional history

'History is unpredictable, and we cannot know which obscure artist or minor exhibition may once be regarded as a groundbreaking historical event'


Books: Material culture and medieval "Hindu-Muslim" encounter

Objects of translation and the cultural interactions of Muslims and Hindus in the late 12th and early 13th centuries


Interview with Robert Storr: Most theory has little bearing on art

The critic and curator spoke to The Art Newspaper about the role of art theory, and what advice he is giving to his students in today’s artistic climate.