Articles of Note

True crimes of a Roman emperor. Was Nero a matricidal villain or the victim of a propaganda campaign? The answer may lie in art... more »

New Books

A 14th-century Egyptian bureaucrat’s compilation of human knowledge includes the price of chickens, an encounter with a lion, and formulae for enlarging the penis... more »

Essays & Opinions

The Greek Attalids purchased an entire island just to steal its art.  J. Paul Getty spent lavishly on art he would never see. What motivates collectors?... more »