Art and design

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John Akomfrah: Arcadia review – celebration of Mayflower overwhelms the senses
Akomfrah, who is set to represent Great Britain at next year’s Venice Biennale, tackles conquest, plague and death with this five-screen installation. But there is too much going on to concentrate

Adrian Searle

30, Nov, 2023 @4:31 PM

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Spanish queen portrait expected to smash Velázquez auction record
Isabel de Borbón, Queen of Spain valued in region of $35m, more than double the record for a Velázquez

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

30, Nov, 2023 @12:48 PM

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Robert Mapplethorpe: Subject Object Image review – penises, perfection and Patti Smith
This being Mapplethorpe, phallic imagery is in abundance – but do we really need a room of dull celebrity portraits?

Charlotte Jansen

30, Nov, 2023 @7:00 AM

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‘Perfect linearity’: why Botticelli’s drawing abilities remain one-of-a-kind
An expansive exhibition in San Francisco brings together the artist’s influential work, including five newly attributed pieces

Veronica Esposito

29, Nov, 2023 @6:15 PM

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Sunak accuses Greek PM of ‘grandstanding’ over Parthenon marbles
Prime minister escalates row with Athens counterpart in first public comments after cancelling their meeting

Kiran Staceyand Helena Smith in Athens

29, Nov, 2023 @5:20 PM

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€100m Botticelli painting forgotten for 50 years recovered from Naples home
Restoration planned for renaissance master’s work that was last checked on half a century ago

Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo

29, Nov, 2023 @4:55 PM

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A bare-knuckle fighter in Madagascar: Christian Sanna’s best photograph
‘These bouts had cash prizes and offered a way for insecure young people to feel good about themselves using the only thing they had: their bodies’

Interview by Chris Broughton

29, Nov, 2023 @3:01 PM

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The Isleworth Mona Lisa: have Leonardo da Vinci fans worshipped the wrong portrait for centuries?
Some argue this painting depicts the artist’s subject in her younger years and is the first version of his iconic work. Others are less convinced

Jonathan Jones

29, Nov, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Parthenon marbles row raises fresh fears over fraught UK-EU relations
War of words between Athens and London escalates after Rishi Sunak’s snub to Greek prime minister

Ben Quinn and Pippa Crerar, and Helena Smith in Athens

28, Nov, 2023 @9:39 PM

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Michael Spry obituary
Other lives: Photographic printer who worked with luminaries such as David Bailey, Norman Parkinson and Don McCullin

Laurie Lewis

28, Nov, 2023 @9:12 PM

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‘Still a very alive medium’: celebrating the radical history of zines
A new exhibition collates more 800 objects to give insight into the zine scene, a way to democratize art and journalism

Veronica Esposito

28, Nov, 2023 @7:06 PM

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After years of controversy, could a compromise be coming on the Parthenon marbles?
George Osborne, chair of the British Museum, and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek PM, seem to be talking a similar language about a deal for the sculptures

Esther Addley

28, Nov, 2023 @3:43 PM

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