From film stars and literary greats to visual artists and fashion designers, these are some of the cultural luminaries who died in 2014.
Who wore the most elegant and eye-catching outfits to premieres, awards and galas this year? Lindsay Baker looks back.
‘Tis the season of the elaborate feast and to celebrate, Jason Farago chooses the most notable banquets in art history.
It’s the season for eggnog, mistletoe and yuletide viewing. BBC Culture picks the best holiday films ever made – and It’s a Wonderful Life is not among them.
During the Puritans’ rule of England, celebrating on 25 December was forbidden. Singing yuletide songs then was a political act, writes Clemency Burton-Hill.
The week’s best arts and culture reads – including why magazines in waiting rooms are always old, why The Interview isn’t funny and WH Auden on Sigmund Freud.
More than a few novels, short story volumes and essay collections deserved a place on your bookshelf this year. Jane Ciabattari picks the greatest.
Greg Kot picks the tunes – some extraordinarily popular, some that should have been – that helped shape the year in music.
With Nasa offering its own parody of All About That Bass, BBC Culture rounds up the funniest, weirdest and most talked-about videos of the year.
The past 12 months have offered up superior blockbusters and strong independent movies. Critic Owen Gleiberman picks the best cinema had to offer.