Laura Gascoigne

‘Sunrise’, 1938, by John Armstrong

Are the British too polite to be any good at surrealism?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

The Paris World’s Fair of 1937 was more than a testing ground for artistic innovation; it was a battleground for…

‘Self-portrait’, c.1513, by Leonardo da Vinci

Pizza, choc-ice and Leonardos – the treasures of Turin

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Laura Gascoigne enjoys a grand tour of Italy’s former capital city

‘The Goldfinch’, 1654, by Carel Fabritius

The home of Holland’s celebrity paintings gets a makeover

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Laura Gascoigne on the treasures in the newly reopened Mauritshaus museum in The Hague

‘Brigitte Bardot in Spoleto’, 1961, by Marcello Geppetti

When Raquel Welch danced on a table at Cinecittà

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Before there was Hello!, OK! and Closer, there was Oggi. Oggi was the magazine my Italian mother used to flick…

‘The Tea Table’, 1938, by Henri Le Sidaner

Henri Le Sidaner: the artist who fell between two schools

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Like other species, artists club together in movements not just for purposes of identification but for longevity. Individuals who don’t…

Who knew that Cézanne had a sense of humour?

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Tourists are attracted to queues, art lovers to quietude. So while the mass of Monet fans visiting Paris line up…

Do critics make good artists? Come and judge ours

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Artists make good critics, but do critics make good artists? It’s hard to tell, when most are too chicken to…

When soldiers have golden helmets and the wounded have wings

14 December 2013 9:00 am

‘If I go to war, I go on condition I can have Giotto, the Basilica of Assisi book, Fra Angelico…

'Squiggle, squiggle, ooh, good...' Tate St Ives shows how sexy the octopus can be

23 November 2013 9:00 am

One of the more exotic attractions at the 1939–40 World’s Fair in New York was Salvador Dalí’s ‘Dream of Venus…

‘Path bordered with willows near Bethune’, 1874, by Camille Corot

The master of living, breathing landscapes

26 October 2013 9:00 am

One sometimes forgets when looking at French 19th-century art that the painting revolution that produced Impressionism coincided with a political…