In 1667, Paris was a filthy crime-ridden mess, and Nicolas de La Reynie was the man hired to clean it up.
As part of attempts to better represent women in the history of British art, the Tate Britain has acquired a rare 17th century portrait by Joan Carlile, one of the country’s earliest female professional painters. It’s now the museum’s oldest painting by a woman.
A scholar is now making the case that "the modern obsession with celebrity" started with an 18th century interest in obituaries. If by "obsession" she means "morbid curiosity" and by "celebrity," "notoriety," than maybe. Either way, it's clear that we've always had a sick fascination with other people's antics — and…