El Greco

‘The Japanese’ by Hans Makart, 1870–75

Fickle fortune

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Here’s an intriguing thought experiment: could Damien Hirst disappear? By that I mean not the 52-year-old artist himself — that…

The erotic Mary, left, by Gregor Erhart (c.1515–20) and the penitent Mary, right, by El Greco (c.1577)

No one in the Bible has been as elaborately misrepresented as Mary Magdalene

22 November 2014 9:00 am

How would the real Mary Magdalene have reacted to her posthumous reputation? Not very kindly, one suspects. Our only historical…

John Craxton was more gifted than the Fitzwilliam show suggests

1 February 2014 9:00 am

It is often said of John Craxton (1922–2009) that he knew how to live well and considered this more important…