Victor Hugo, Vianden Seen through a Spider Web

Victor Hugo, Vianden Seen through a Spider Web, 1871. Image and original data provided by Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, N.Y.;

Some stories we’ve been reading this month:


  • A new report suggests the arts do not help to solve social problems, contrary to popular opinion. Might we be concentrating on the wrong things?
  • For a long time, Artemisia Gentileschi’s paintings have been interpreted almost exclusively as symbolic revenge against the man who raped her, but a historian argues we should see her as a champion of strong women instead.

  • What does it take to save cultural heritage? How about fakes? A workshop is using digital technology to craft perfect copies of imperiled art.
  • How paintings get their titles, and from whom, is worth pondering.
  • Brazil is the only country in the world where, for three generations, the most prized artists have been women. Here’s why.