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Culture

Essays and videos on the arts, literature, travel, rituals and celebrations
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Rituals and celebrations

The spectacular Mardi Gras artworks born of a unique New Orleans tradition

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The overlooked polymath whose theatrical oeuvre made all of Rome a stage

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The irreverent duo who thumbed their noses at the Soviet Union and the US art world

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Why a forcefully phallic portrait of Henry VIII is a masterful work of propaganda

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Design and fashion

From spark of inspiration to final press – how William Blake built a book of poetry

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Animals and humans

An artist and ants collaborate on an exhibit of ‘tiny Abstract Expressionist paintings’

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Inside the unique creative space where ‘outsider’ artists find their form

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Why European artists shifted their focus from power to peasants in the 16th century

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Negative capability

When it comes to our complicated, undecipherable feelings, art prompts a self-understanding far beyond the wellness industry

Aparna Chivukula

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Earthly delights

Noticing first one then many parrots, peacocks, owls and more birds in Old Master paintings taught me to truly see the world

Leanne Ogasawara

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From a pencil sketch to cherubs dancing in stone – recreating a Donatello work

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All those naked Greeks…

Men in ancient Greek art exercise, fight battles, pursue lovers and mourn lost friends, all without their pants on. Why?

Sarah Murray

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Stories and literature

What makes John Keats’s ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ so enduringly powerful?

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Dance and theatre

How a Noh mask-maker summons a lifelike face from a single block of wood

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The art of rules

Conceptual art often confounds. The key is to understand the rules of the artwork and the aesthetic experiences they yield

Sherri Irvin

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David Goldblatt captured the contradictions of apartheid in stark black and white

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Love and friendship

When drawing your muse hundreds of times becomes an exercise in love

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Tracing Goya’s ‘dark’ journey from Spanish court painter to macabre visionary

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Future of technology

Artificial ‘creativity’ is unstoppable. Grappling with its ethics is up to us

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Milk, pity and power

Since antiquity, artists have depicted a perverse scene of a daughter breastfeeding her aged father. What does it mean?

Margie Orford

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Global history

The strange journey of the Parthenon Marbles to the British Museum

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Stories and literature

The key to a vampire’s immortality? Meeting the anxieties of the moment

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Art

The female Abstract Expressionists of New York shook the world of art

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At 95, an artist paints swiftly to capture the fugitive light

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