Jan Van Eyck’s Diamond-Hard Brilliance, as You’ll Never See It Again

GHENT, Belgium — God is in the details, they assure you; but some art is so jam-packed with details, each hair so fine, each fold so painstaking, that it surpasses even the divine. Nearly six centuries ago, here in the northwest corner of Europe, the painter Jan van Eyck used a brand-new technology — oil paint — to pioneer an …

Deontay Wilder’s Costume Was Heavyweight Camp

We’ve entered a surreal period for prematch boxing madness. You can’t simply strut to the ring in stars and stripes and a matching top hat (Hi, Apollo Creed). You can’t even get away with strolling out in head-to-toe breast-cancer-awareness pink (Mwah, Juan Manuel Lopez). Now you have to come ready to win the Tony for best scenic design. You have …

Katie Hill to Publish ‘She Will Rise’

Last fall, Katie Hill, a Democratic congresswoman from California, faced some of the darkest moments of her life. Nude photos of her had been published online without her consent, and the House was investigating her over an alleged sexual relationship with one of her staff members, which she denied. She resigned from Congress, but during a farewell speech on the …

Disney C.E.O. Bob Iger Hands Keys to Magic Kingdom to Its 7th Chief

While puzzled by the timing of the announcement, analysts were supportive of the choice. “Chapek is a really good, no-brainer pick — the other division leaders have been there too short of a time,” Michael Nathanson, a media analyst and founding partner at MoffettNathanson, said in a phone interview. “He’s a really nice person who is part of the Disney …

What We Learned from the Harvey Weinstein Guilty Verdict

She acknowledged, for instance, that she could not recall precisely which month, or even year, the assault she described had had taken place. Mr. Weinstein’s lawyers also elicited testimony from one of Ms. Sciorra’s old friends, Paul Feldsher, who said that shortly after the incident Ms. Sciorra had not described it as a rape but as a “crazy thing” she …

Harvey Weinstein Is Gone, but Hollywood Is Still a Man’s World

LOS ANGELES — In Hollywood, director jobs are no longer automatically filled by white men. Television writers’ room have made diversity and inclusion top priorities. Human resources departments at major media corporations are more responsive when complaints are filed. Intimacy coordinators, who introduce physical consent considerations into the artistic process, are now normal on productions featuring sexual content. It has …

‘She Persisted’ Review: A Musical About Women Who Triumphed

The kindergartners in the crowd at “She Persisted, The Musical” are unlikely to get the reference in the title, but then again they were toddlers at the time. In 2017, when the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, shut down a speech by Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor, he explained himself with words that feminists have flung back at him …

24 Tense Hours in Abraham Lincoln’s Life

Less than two weeks after delivering his second inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln wrote that he expected the speech to “wear as well as — perhaps better than — any thing I have produced.” But, he added, “I believe it is not immediately popular.” He was right on both counts. The speech, barely more than 700 words, is now considered one …

Andrew Weatherall, D.J. Who Broke Down Genre Barriers, Dies at 56

Andrew Weatherall, an omnivorous D.J., producer and musician known for his impact on England’s acid house scene and for uniting rock and rave on the group Primal Scream’s album “Screamadelica,” died on Monday in London. He was 56. His managers said the cause was a pulmonary embolism. Mr. Weatherall moved to London in the late 1980s and began playing records …

Review: At the Philharmonic, New Music for a Changing World

Sometimes, depending on current events, a new piece can take on unexpected resonance. Before the New York Philharmonic gave the premiere of Ellen Reid’s “When the World as You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist” on Thursday, she asked the audience whether anyone, like her, “has felt that way recently.” Her question drew some laughter. She explained that the long title of …