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 …

Fear and Face Masks on the Front Row

PARIS — Uniformed men greeted guests at the Dries Van Noten show on Wednesday to offer disposable face masks — if anyone so desired — and big tubs of hand sanitizer (ditto). The coronavirus has its own accessories. Some attendees took advantage, even though everyone had just come from Kenzo, a show held in a sealed plastic tube. It was …

36 Hours in Queenstown, New Zealand

The adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown, the South Island’s magnetic mountain resort, thrives on adrenaline. Site of the first commercial bungee-jumping operation — established in 1988 over the Kawarau River — Queenstown is the place to test your courage by jumping off, flying over or skimming above things. During the winter (June through September), visitors flock to four ski …

$1.3 Million Homes in South Carolina, Colorado and Oregon

Charleston, S.C. | $1.295 Million A 2017 house with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, on a 0.1-acre lot This concrete-and-glass home was designed as a showplace for art and entertaining, with local artisans contributing decorative painting, metalwork and woodwork. The Frank Gehry-inspired roof is made of metal tiles imported from Canada that overlap like fish scales. The house is in …

FTSE 100 plunges again as Trump fails to reassure investors – business live | Business

Traders on the floor of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange, last night Photograph: Agustin Marcarian/Reuters Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business. Another day, another sell-off! World stock markets are sliding again today, as the coronavirus continues to spread around the world. Fears of a global pandemic, and …

The Mouse is sent packing

CLOSE “The Masked Singer” crowned a new winner and revealed the identities of the remaining characters. USA TODAY Spoiler alert! This story contains details from the Feb. 26 episode of “The Masked Singer,” including the identity of the eliminated celebrity. While “The Masked Singer” continues to mystify, the majority of the panel correctly guessed the identity of this week’s eliminated …

Freaked Out by the Stock Market? Take a Deep Breath

Defining net worth. The phrase “net worth” is wrongheaded, as if the only reasonable sum of our financial selves is assets minus liabilities. Next year may bring a big market bounce, or a pay raise, and your capacity for earning more ought to be part of the equation. Besides, net worth need not equal self worth. Nevertheless, a positive and …

Microsoft Issues Financial Warning Because of Coronavirus

SEATTLE — Microsoft on Wednesday said its sales in the current quarter would be lower than it had previously predicted because of coronavirus-related disruptions in Chinese manufacturing. While its fast-growing cloud computing business is not affected, the company said its personal computing business, which includes Windows installations and its Surface laptops and tablets, would record lower sales than it told …