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Art History

Unknown artist, Portrait of Elizabeth I of England, the Armada Portrait, 1588, oil on panel, 1.1 × 1.3 m. Courtesy: Woburn Abbey Collection, Woburn

From Antiquity to the present day, women have been crucial in shaping taste, building collections and supporting artists

By Sheryl E. Reiss

The first public exhibition of a 15th-century altar-hanging prompts the question: who made it?

By Mimi Chu

An art historian explains what the Carters’s takeover of the Paris museum says about art, race and power

By James Smalls

Italian art historians claim that the 15th-century tile is the Renaissance master’s earliest known work – but a leading Leonardo expert disagrees

The Carters’s museum takeover powers through art history’s greatest hits – with a serious message about how the canon treats black bodies

A surprising show of silhouettes at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. sheds light on obscure chapters of US history 

By Evan Moffitt
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, I See Red: Indian Hand, 1992. Mixed media on canvas, 183 x 183 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Rocío Aranda-Alvarado anticipates an insightful grouping of American painters at Frieze New York 2018

By Rocío Aranda-Alvarado

At Museo Tamayo, artists respond to the myth of the French playwright and theorist’s drug-fuelled collapse in the mountains of rural Mexico

By Evan Moffitt

The new television series invokes violence and fear as defining forces of civilization, just like the Kenneth Clark original

By Nathaniel Budzinski

With Macron poised to make changes to France's handling of ethnographic art, the quai Branly would do well to follow suit

By Cody Delistraty

Patrick Grainville's new novel, Cliff of Fools, captures the life of the artist as vividly as his own canvases

By Jeffrey Zuckerman

At the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the past year has seen the most extensive survey of contemporary Japanese art outside of the country in 17 years 

By Edward Ball