AS THE son of a court painter in Urbino, Raphael grew up around rich and powerful men whose profits from wars enabled them to build palaces filled with luxurious objects.
Anna in the Tropics
I Heart HuckabeesDirected by David O Russell
When failing environmentalist Albert hires the Existential Detective Agency to explain a not very strange coincidence, chaos erupts as rival philosophical firms compete to "solve" the lives of the various characters with Eastern transcendentalism or French nihilism.
Don McCullin has taken some of the defining pictures of the 21st century.
Outfoxed takes a close look at the Murdoch-owned cable channel Fox News.
Manic Street Preachers
THERE IS no exhibition more exciting than one showing the explosion of artistic expression thrown up by the Russian Revolution of 1917.
Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America
by Stephen Sewell
Directed by Simone Bitton
A FEROCIOUS murder, seemingly driven by racial hatred, is the background to this film about teenage life below the poverty line.
Comme une Image
In my new book, The Defender, the main character, a 14 year old boy called Ian, comes home to find two menacing characters waiting for his dad.
Taking its title from one of Vladimir Mayakovsky’s greatest poems, in which the future poet of the Russian Revolution revealed that he could be as tender hearted as "a cloud in trousers", this play sets out to bring us the story of the man himself.
Camouflage is Relative
A huge black screen, dated 1674 and made by skilled Chinese craftsmen, depicts the activities of an enclosed Chinese court. It is a lively scene, rich in decoration and colour, and shows a multitude of characters going about their daily tasks. In the extreme left of the screen are a small group of European merchants.
Caesar’s Greatest Battle
The whole thing began for me in November 2002 after a rather bruising experience in Bucharest, Romania.