Thomas Ruff retrospective begins a three-year tour

The German photographer compares his serial working method to “a scientist carrying out a series of experiments”

Freud ramps up efforts to find Bacon portrait stolen in Berlin

A poster campaign has been launched to recover the work which disappeared from the Neue Nationalgalerie


The National Gallery of Scotland explores Rembrandt’s real women

The exhibition on the Dutch master's female subjects will then travel to the Royal Academy

Sargent at the Tate Gallery: Beyond portraits of ladies

The most comprehensive exhibition of Sargent ever mounted shows his bravura painting at its best, and is full of surprises

Pleasant and acceptable: how Pietro Annigoni came to create a second portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in 1970

In 1967 the National Portrait Gallery in London did not own a portrait of the monarch—but commissioning one was to prove a challenge


The long and fruitful relationship between Picasso and portraiture: Interview with curator William Rubin

The Director Emeritus of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and leading Picasso scholar in American museums discusses the exhibition he has curated opening this month


Kitaj retrospective finds sanctuary in the US after cyclone of abuse at Tate

University College, Oxford, has commissioned R.B. Kitaj to paint a portrait of President Clinton (a former Rhodes Scholar) for the school’s Great Hall, but the honour hardly compensates for the American expatriate's treatment at Tate

National Gallery: new loans, new acquisitions

The Buccleuch Leonardo, the Halifax Titian plus two fine Danish purchases