Laura Freeman

The joy of a cluttered museum

16 October 2021 9:00 am

The joy of a cluttered museum

Absurd and amusing, solemn and scholarly: Charles Jencks's Cosmic House reviewed

2 October 2021 9:00 am

An editor once told me: always look at the loos. It was remarkable, she said, how many grand cultural projets,…

The daring young man who gave his name to the leotard

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Jules Léotard was blessed in his name. It might have been quite different had he been called, say, Jules Droupé.…

The National Trust has lost the language of architecture

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Press officers, breathe easy. This is not another column attacking the National Trust. Actually, I tell a lie. It is.…

Glorious: Bernardo Bellotto at the National Gallery reviewed

14 August 2021 9:00 am

What is the National Gallery playing at? Why, in this summer of stop-start tropical storms, is the NG making visitors…

Rich and strange: Eileen Agar at Whitechapel Gallery reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Heads turn, strangers gawp, matrons tut or look in envy. A man doffs his bowler hat knowing when he is…

The art of government: what politicians’ paintings say about them

19 June 2021 9:00 am

What politicians’ paintings say about them

What does your wedding reading say about you?

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The pitfalls of choosing a wedding reading

Bricks and pieces: the blight of London’s fake facades

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The problem with London’s fake facades

The bizarre art of Scottie Wilson deserves to be better known

8 May 2021 9:00 am

On eBay I have an alert set for ‘Scottie Wilson’. Nine times out of ten, it’s a diamanté Scottie dog…

Why should art have ever been considered a male preserve?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Sixty years ago, women were still excluded from the art history canon, says Laura Freeman

The first-century saint who went viral

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Laura Freeman considers how artists have depicted one of the strangest and most touching of the Stations of the Cross

The stifling cult of self-care

16 January 2021 9:00 am

The stifling cult of self-care

Paint in the bloodstream: The Death of Francis Bacon, by Max Porter, reviewed

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Francis Bacon once told the art critic Richard Cork: ‘I certainly hope I’ll go on till I drop dead.’ Max…

Every page of this astonishingly beautiful ode to the citrus is a treat

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Laura Freeman is transported by J.C. Volkamer’s astonishingly beautiful ode to the citrus

Will our churches ever reopen?

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Will churches ever fully reopen?

Let men have their boys’ clubs

3 October 2020 9:00 am

There’s nothing wrong with men-only clubs

Looking at Barnett Freedman makes me weep at the government's dismal graphics

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Among the spoils of a lockdown clear-out was a box of my grandmother’s books: Woolf, Austen, Mitford and The Complete…

From blue to pink: Looking for Eliza, by Leaf Arbuthnot, reviewed

16 May 2020 9:00 am

On the way back from my daily dawn march in the park, I often pass my neighbour, a distinguished gentleman…

Sumptuous and saucy: Compton Verney's virtual tour of their Cranach show

9 May 2020 9:00 am

‘Naughty little nudes,’ my history of art teacher used to say of Cranach’s Eves and Venuses. Aren’t they just? Coquettish…

What do your lockdown slippers say about you?

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Tartan, monogram, moccasin, clog. What do your slippers say about you? Trick us all you like with your office Manolos,…

The life of Artemisia Gentileschi is made for Netflix, but it’s the art that really excites

11 April 2020 9:00 am

The life of Artemisia Gentileschi is made for Netflix, says Laura Freeman, but it’s her art that really excites

The art of the hermit

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Holed up in her sixth-floor London flat, Laura Freeman finds solace in the art of the hermit

Eco-friendly is not female-friendly

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Eco-friendly is not woman-friendly

The rise and rise of the museum cafe

15 February 2020 9:00 am

The rise of the museum café