Alasdair Palmer


The rise and fall of the gunless gangster

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Once, both police and criminals in Britain routinely did without guns. How did that happen? And why did it change?

‘Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi’, c.1532, by Michelangelo

Michelangelo had a bigger vision than Shakespeare – and the ego to match

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Alasdair Palmer reveals the monstrous egomaniac behind Michelangelo’s artistic genius

A penetrating, unblinking gaze: ‘La Bella’, 1536, by Titian

Exhibitions: Tiziano

25 May 2013 9:00 am

‘When Titian paints eyes,’ observed Eugène Delacroix, who spent a lifetime admiring, studying and copying the Venetian artist, ‘they are…


Medieval mystery

9 February 2013 9:00 am

Alasdair Palmer on how the restoration of a castle in northern Italy could change the established view of 15th-century art history


Mad money

28 July 2012 6:00 am

Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman on the irrationality of our financial system – and the difficulty of fixing it


Restoration tragedy

12 May 2012 5:45 pm

Alasdair Palmer questions the ill-conceived makeover of Chartres cathedral which robs us of the sense of passing time that is part of its fascination and mystery


Medieval frescoes

24 September 2011 12:00 am

Rome revelation


Paradise regained

16 July 2011 12:00 am

Alasdair Palmer marvels at a series of Veronese frescoes at Palladio’s Villa Barbaro


Rewarding rubbish

27 November 2010 12:00 am

If you went on holiday to Italy this year, you may have come back with a plate, a mug or a jug — an item or two of the painted pottery still handmade (at least sometimes) by craftsmen and women, mostly in Umbria, but also in the Marche, and which you can see in the shops in Siena and Florence and in other places in Tuscany.


Why the coalition’s police reforms will fail

21 August 2010 12:00 am

The Home Office has radical plans, but they won’t come to much, says Alasdair Palmer. Less money and fewer paid officers will inevitably mean more crime

Pacific Heights

18 March 2008 12:00 am

Alasdair Palmer visits San Francisco

Meeting Professor Torture

14 February 2007 4:19 pm

An interview with John Yoo, author of Bush’s ‘Torture Memo’

Saddam’s trial shouldn’t be fair

8 November 2006 4:27 pm

The Baghdad trial was better than an international tribunal

How Leonardo did it

14 September 2006 9:09 am

Alasdair Palmer talks to the French artist who has discovered the secret of the Master’s technique

Life, liberty and terrorists

17 December 2005 12:00 am

Charles Clarke tells Alasdair Palmer that the most important freedom of all is the freedom to walk the streets without being blown up

The American way of torture

26 November 2005 12:00 am

Alasdair Palmer on how the White House is trying to defeat Senator McCain’s anti-torture Bill

Is torture always wrong?

24 September 2005 12:00 am

Alasdair Palmer says that our absolute ban on all forms of torture is inconsistent with our acceptance of shoot-to-kill

Small is beautiful

24 September 2005 12:00 am

The Cambridge Illuminations, the Fitzwilliam Museum’s exhibition of mediaeval manuscripts, wasn’t very crowded when I visited last Sunday. The show…

Railtrack’s show trial

19 July 2003 12:00 am

Alasdair Palmer says the charges against Railtrack’s Gerald Corbett are the cynical prelude to a law on corporate killing