The week’s best arts and culture reads – including the myth of the lone genius debunked, classical music’s dark secret and a guide to how to read Proust.
From ancient viaducts to modern-day masterpieces, architecture critic Jonathan Glancey chooses the most spectacular structures from around the globe.
Norwegians have a word that means ‘to sit outside on a sunny day enjoying a beer’. BBC Culture meets an artist fascinated by languages’ unique terms.
The civil rights movement is most often recalled through speeches, songs and photos – but what about its art? Nick Bryant looks back.
The British troupe’s influence on comedians is well documented. But what about their impact on scientists and philosophers? BBC Culture finds out.
As Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring returns home to The Hague, Alastair Sooke delves into the story of the mysterious painting – and its enigmatic creator.
From England’s medieval knights to Magnum, PI and Movember – Lucinda Hawksley charts the changing fashions of the hirsute upper lip.
As the British actor and comedian wins a following around the world, he talks to Tom Brook about his rising profile.
From 16th Century monasteries to cathedrals adorned with work of a fingerless sculptor, Jason Farago picks the country’s 10 loveliest houses of worship.
Bobby Womack was one of its most distinctive voices. Now he is gone and the sound he invented is close behind, writes Greg Kot.