Arts & Books

The first exhibition at a new drawings gallery in London is full of curious treats

A major new biography goes some way towards rehabilitating Henri III

Peter Paul Rubens’s masterworks seem to anticipate the birth of cinema

A scholar investigates whether the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults really works

Selma is one of the films of the year that has been shamefully ignored by the Baftas and Oscars

Tom Reilly takes to task the perception that Cromwell was villainy personified

There’s much more to Herod than the Massacre of the Innocents

An unapologetically challenging show explores the influence of Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square

J C Chandor’s latest film, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, doesn’t quite deliver the goods

A harrowing new biography shows that from the moment Napoleon took power he was obsessed with waging war