History of art

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An art treasure long cherished by Muslims is deemed offensive. But to whom? | Kenan Malik
An academic spat over a depiction of Muhammad reveals how the language of diversity is eviscerating its very meaning

Kenan Malik

08, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Witch marks and rare ice age art: Why you should visit Creswell Crags
In these caves you can admire Britain’s rarest ice age art, wonder at more recent ‘witch marks’ and imagine Robin Hood hanging out there

Kitty Empire

26, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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‘Goddesses, I yield to you!’ Marina Warner on the volcanic power of witches, she-devils and divinities
The writer has always resisted deity worship but she found her senses sparking at the British Museum’s gripping show about female superbeings – one wearing a necklace of severed heads

Marina Warner

16, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Pamela Kember obituary
Other lives: Art historian, critic and curator who championed the work of Asian artists

David Elliott

05, Nov, 2021 @4:43 PM

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Subversive sexuality amid the smell of cow dung – Duncan Grant: 1920 review
This exhibition at the Bloomsbury group artist’s mural-filled former home joyously recreates his intensely sexual first solo show

Jonathan Jones

15, Sep, 2021 @3:28 PM

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The Lost Leonardo: has a new film solved the mystery of the world’s most expensive painting?
Is the $450m Salvator Mundi a fake? This film – featuring tearful sycophants, sneering experts, dodgy dealers and a secretive superyacht – may finally settle the great da Vinci controversy

Jonathan Jones

09, Sep, 2021 @1:08 PM

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The Great British Art Tour quiz: a 17th-century selfie, a scallop and a small dog
As museums and galleries finally reopen, our Great British Art Tour comes to an end with a quiz to celebrate some of our favourite discoveries from the series. Have you been paying attention?

Imogen Tilden and Lydia Figes, Content Editor, Art UK

17, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Crude, obscene and extraordinary: Jean Dubuffet’s war against good taste
He was the inventor of ‘art brut’ who rebelled against his parents, his teachers and then art itself. Yet the impact of his wild provocative paintings, often culled from graffiti, can still be seen today

Jonathan Jones

03, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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How Holbein left clever clue in portrait to identify Henry VIII’s queen
New evidence shows miniature long held to be of Catherine Howard could depict Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves

Dalya Alberge

01, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Ziauddin Shakeb obituary
Other lives: Historian of Indo-Persian relations and expert on Persian and Arabic manuscripts at Christie’s auction house

Mahamid Ahmed

07, Mar, 2021 @5:48 PM

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Lust, heartbreak and suggestive sculpture: was this art's greatest love triangle?
For Valentine’s Day, we look at how the interweaving passions of three American greats – Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg – were as mesmerising as their art

Jonathan Jones

12, Feb, 2021 @5:33 PM

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'They called her a crazy witch': did medium Hilma af Klint invent abstract art?
Years before Kandinsky, the Swedish artist was painting circles, sunbursts and looping lines – instructed, she believed, by spirits. Now, over 75 years since her death, she is being recognised as a pioneer

Stuart Jeffries

06, Oct, 2020 @2:53 PM

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