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It was the Old Master's anniversary in January of this year, but amid the crowds and the selfies, the souvenirs and the queues, it can be easy to feel a certain da Vinci fatigue. Enter Giorgio Vasari’s 'Life of Leonardo', replete with all the artist’s original and revolutionary force.

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James IV took the throne at age fifteen. He was a king that took the field at the head of his own troops and refused to let himself be ruled by his nobles. Discover his story and that of Scotland in 'Scotland: A Concise History'.

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Kelly Grovier reveals what Botticelli’s Venus has in common with hurricanes and galaxies.

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10 Books to Begin 2019

24 Jan, 2019

Happy New Year! We hope 2019 brings you much joy, fulfillment, and inspiration. To help you on your way, we’ve compiled ten of our best new books to see you into the new year – and beyond.

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Humans of the 21st Century

22 Jan, 2019

Civilization: The Way We Live Now: Not since Edward Steichen’s Family of Man has a photographic project taken on such an ambitious, global scope.

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What’s the secret to Marc Jacobs? Fashion writer and professor Iain R Webb explores the designer’s all-American pragmatism, reimagined classics, and that exquisite meeting of couture and grunge.

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Hokusai’s 'The Great Wave' is the most famous image in Japanese art, not to mention an iOS emoji 🌊. Take a look at the early sketches that reveal his growing mastery of nature motifs.

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Why Every Writer Needs a Map

28 Nov, 2018

To celebrate ‘The Writer’s Map’ three leading writers share the maps that have shaped their stories.

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From Ancient Greek sculptures to Islamic calligraphy, written language has been an element of artistic. We turn to 'The Word is Art' to ask how artists use words in the age of Twitter and textspeak?

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Travellers' Tales: a Photo Essay

27 Nov, 2018

Pierre Le-Tan’s illustrations and Bertil Scali’s entertaining pen portraits tell the stories of the world’s most celebrated owners of Louis Vuitton luggage.

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