Arts & Books

Frederick Wiseman’s new film about the National Gallery is reassuringly serious

Being lonely in London is a rare thrill. Even the most famous places you can sometimes have to yourself

A new biography captures the sense of suppressed panic that lay behind the intricate court etiquette of the 15th century

Watching a conducting competition is a surreal experience

Curb Your Enthusiasm is still the best television comedy of this century

Mark Greaves explores a novel that is a consummate study of the theology of loneliness

The life of composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik played out like a Cold War thriller

William Blake emerges, not as a mad visionary, but as a fan of progressive Christianity in a new show at the Ashmolean

A book that sheds new light on the great mysteries of Pope Francis studies

An American author makes an admirable attempt to shed light on a confusing period in papal history