Renaissance

On the 500th anniversary of the birth of Cosimo I, what do the Medicis’ burial clothes say about fashion and influence?

By Amber Butchart

A new show at London’s Royal Academy examines the pleasure and pain of the human form 

By Tim Smith-Laing
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