Anna Akhmatova, June 11, 1889 - March 5, 1966

Loathed by Picasso, praised by Matisse, Pierre Bonnard is an artist who split opinion, writes Claudia Pritchard. A major new exhibition of his work shows how he still does.

As historical turning points go, the tragic events at a hunting lodge in the Austrian countryside 150 years ago this week are perhaps not as well known as others. Yet, as CHARLIE CONNELLY explains, the Mayerling Incident was to reverberate through the following century.

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the mysterious death of the sublimely-talented footballer Matthias Sindelar. CHARLIE CONNELLY revisits the tragic story of a true Austrian hero

The castrato singer Farinelli was the undoubted superstar of an era in which musical advances were made not just with compositions, but instruments too. SOPHIA DEBOICK reports

A once-in-a-generation exhibition, featuring most of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s surviving works, shines new light on a painter the world was slow to appreciate, ALASTAIR SMART reports.

CHARLIE CONNELLY examines the life of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, August 30, 1958 – October 7, 2006

Comparing the careers of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford with those of later generations of female stars shows how cinema is changing, says Bonnie Greer.

In 1844 Strauss Senior, the first pop idol, soon found himself eclipsed by something rawer, says SOPHIA DEBOICK.

Michael White explains why the collapse of the ERG blueprint joins Boris as twin embarrassments of the week.

The foreign secretary has warned of a “messy divorce” unless the UK and European Union get their act together.

MICHAEL WHITE on more own goals from the Foreign Secretary as he dodges Heathrow vote and patronises the public.

Three decades after the death of Kim Philby, perhaps Britain’s most notorious spy, CHARLIE CONNELLY ponders the changing nature of espionage

RICHARD LUCK ponders one of the great modern conspiracy theories

Israel is hated beyond reason by the Left because the Left craves an enemy whose evil is as great as their imagined capacity for good

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Kate Hoey, David Davis, Boris Johnson and that big red bus. Just some of the subjects covered by correspondents in this week’s mailbag.

MITCH BENN has taken the words of David Davis to heart and is now ready for dystopia.

David Davis sought to calm business jitters with Brexit looming this week but, as ANGELA JAMESON explains, fears persist.

Trieste, the city which has survived centuries of seductive illusions.

The dispute was an ominous warning of problems for our time over where ultimate power lies in the US

Budapest side Honved produced one of the greatest sides in the world. But all that was destroyed by the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 and they are still struggling under the weight of history.

Editor-at-Large Alistair Campbell has a suggestion: to anyone yet to book a holiday – try Albania

A burgeoning gay rights movement in Europe in the early decades of the 20th century was crushed by rising authoritarianism.

The only thing that might restore our standing is a leader who is prepared to say what needs to be done – changing our mind on Brexit – and then leading the country through that process.

The current batch of refugee children travelling across Europe desperate to escape unimaginable horrors at home prompt chilling echoes of Jewish youngsters arriving in the UK in the late 1930s

There is a thriving market for paintings by Adolf Hitler. But if the works are not valued for their artistic merit, just what is the attraction?

It’s the world of news where VR has, perhaps, the capacity to make the greatest impact, says Editor of The New European, Matt Kelly

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