Laura Gascoigne

‘Sunrise’, 1938, by John Armstrong

The good, the polite and the ugly: British artistic responses to the Spanish civil war

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…

‘Le Port au chemin de fer à Honfleur’, 1866, by Johan Barthold Jongkind

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…

‘Map Reading’, by Stanley Spencer, at Sandham Memorial Chapel

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…

‘The Deluge’, c.1840, by Francis Danby

'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…

St Ives School influence: ‘Paddle Steamer’, 1986, by Julian Trevelyan

Julian Trevelyan, a Jekyll and Hyde painter, at the Bohun Gallery

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Between 1917 and 1923, Julian Trevelyan produced a map and an illustrated guide to Hurtenham, an industrial town on the…


The two sides of painter Joan Eardley

4 May 2013 9:00 am

There were two Joan Eardleys, according to a new biography of the Scottish painter by Christopher Andreae. There was ‘the…

Modesty intact: ‘Gypsy’, 1911, by Kees van Dongen

Free spirits

16 March 2013 9:00 am

‘Gypsies seem to have been born into the world for the sole purpose of being thieves,’ Cervantes begins his story…

‘Plant Spirit’ by Kate Walters

New dawn for Newlyn School

29 December 2012 9:00 am

Laura Gascoigne reports on the resurgence of the Cornish art colony

‘Kabakov’, 1996, by Dmitri Prigov

Imperialist ambitions

8 December 2012 9:00 am

In 1997, the Russian Academy of Sciences gave the names Hermitage 4758 and Piotrovsky 4869 to two small planets discovered…

‘Negative-positive’, 1950–87, by Bruno Munari

Keeping the faith

24 November 2012 9:00 am

In 1929 the founder of Italian Futurism, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, reported from Milan that, after a wartime setback, the movement…

Under construction: ‘The Tower of Babel’ by Hendrick van Cleve

Bizarre visions

20 October 2012 9:00 am

If you want to see how myths arise from misunderstandings, the Tower of Babel provides a textbook example. In ancient…

Pottery musician, 2nd century BC, Western Han dynasty, unearthed from Tuoloanshan King of Chu tomb in 1989

A civilised way of death

15 September 2012 9:00 am

‘Luxury high-rise duplex: lower floor comprising entrance hall with recessed guard posts, grand reception area, kitchen with crockery store, larders…


Madrid’s golden triangle

30 June 2012 6:00 am

Spain’s economy may be faltering but Laura Gascoigne finds its culture flourishing


A most eccentric master

19 May 2012 12:00 pm

In 1895 the Spanish art collector John Charles Robinson donated a picture to the National Gallery. ‘On the whole I…


Down but not out

3 March 2012 11:00 am

It’s not every J.D. Wetherspoon’s pub that has a preservation order slapped on it. In fact, I’m prepared to bet…


Adventurous rogue

26 November 2011 12:00 pm

Historically, British artists have not been good at money management. George Morland (1762–1804) was chronically insolvent; Benjamin Haydon (1786–1846) served…


Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer

22 October 2011 3:00 pm

Photographs of roadworks feature regularly in the Hampstead Village Voice but, even with the postmodern fashion for grungy subjects, no…


‘An obsolete romantic’

24 September 2011 12:00 am

In 1982 Sven Berlin placed a sealed wallet labelled ‘Testament’ on top of a rafter in his studio with instructions…


In Monet’s garden

6 August 2011 12:00 am

We owe Giverny to the generosity of Americans