Arts & Books

An exhibition in Rome highlights Baroque art’s ability to highlight the dramatic potential of capturing the moment

Don Winslow’s depiction of Mexico’s drugs war is bloody, brutal and brilliant

It was a good week for composers at the Aldeburgh Festival

Paul Ginsborg highlights the unhealthy family environment which seemed to nurture a number of dictators

It can be hard to see what the fuss about Eileen Cooper is all about

A book on Johannes Vermeer and Antoni van Leeuwenhoekr is a reminder of a time when theology, arts and science went hand in hand

Simon Russell Beale’s deeply felt performance is one of his very best

A priest views the Second World War as ‘a holy war fought for multiple and mixed motives’

Pierre Boulez was wrong to imply that English composers are second rate

An warm account of significant figures with close links to the English Benedictine community