It has given its name to a hue of white that epitomises saintly purity. Now one of the great mysteries of the lily flower has been solved by scientists who have worked out precisely how it manages to bloom so spectacularly from its tightly enclosed bud.
The week in culture
Tate Britain's new exhibition seeks to shake off watercolour's fusty exterior and reveal the dynamic, contemporary medium beneath. But will it wash?
The man behind Obama's online campaign tells Ian Burrell where British parties can up their game
The arresting title drolly indicates the almost Manichean worldview espoused by Ray Wylie Hubbard, grizzled veteran of the Texas singer-songwriter scene.
Michael Glover takes a close look at the William Blake etchings purchased by the Tate this week
The Museum of Everything sounds a pompous name for a new gallery. But the Outsider Art it shows is disturbing and memorable, says Tom Lubbock
In 1809, an exhibition by William Blake was derided by critics and buyers alike. At the Tate's revival of that show, Tom Lubbock explains just how wrong they were
The days when pop stars just sang are over. Never mind Will Young on Question Time – musicians today are likely to be lecturing at a podium near you. Elisa Bray samples their wisdom
Turner Prize-winner Mark Wallinger finds connections between his and other artists’ work in a highly diverse show
When William Blake began orchestrating his first solo exhibition in London in March 1809, showcasing what he thought were his most important works of art, he hoped the world would instantly hail him as a British Raphael or Michelangelo.