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ACCADEMIA ITALIANA The Age of Lorenzo de Medici. The art of the Florentine Quattrocento commissioned by one of the century's greatest patrons. Botticini, Botticelli and other masters. 24 Rutland Gate SW7 (071-225 3474). To 27 Feb. Mon-Sat 10.00-5.30, Wed to 8.00, Sun 12.00-5.30; pounds 5, conc pounds 2.50.

BANKSIDE GALLERY Watercolours of Malta by members of the Royal Watercolour Society. 48 Hopton St, SE1 (071-928 7521). To 20 Feb. Tue-Fri 10.00-5.00, Tue to 8.00, Sun 1.00-5.00; pounds 3.50, conc pounds 2.

BARBICAN ART GALLERY Photographs from the Hulton Deutsch Collection selected by Bruce Bernard. All human life is there. EC2 (071-638 4141). To 24 Apr. Mon, Wed-Sat 10.00-6.45, Tue 10.00-5.45, Sun 12.00-6.45; pounds 4.50, conc pounds 2.50. Mon-Fri after 5.00, pounds 2.50.

BARBICAN CENTRE Anthony Whishaw. Very British semi-abstraction. Concourse Gallery, EC2. (071-638 4141). To 6 Mar. Mon-Sat 9.00-7.30, Sun 12.00-7.30; free.

BRITISH MUSEUM The arts of Hinduism. To 10 Apr. And Kawanabe Kyosai. The art of the great 19th-century Japanese 'demon' painter. To 13 Feb. And Victorian illustrated books. Mulready, Maclise et al. To 24 Apr. And Italian Old Master drawings. Michelangelo, Raphael and others. To 24 Apr. Also Himalayan and Japanese art from the Schmitt-Meade collection. To 17 Apr. Great Russell St WC1 (071-636 1555). Mon-Sat 10.00-5.00, Sun 2.30-6.00; free.

COURTAULD INSTITUTE Alejandro Xul Solar. Works on paper by the celebrated Argentinian member of the avant-garde. Somerset House, The Strand, WC2 (071- 873 2526). To 27 Feb. Mon-Sat 10.00-6.00, Sun 2.00-6.00; pounds 3, conc pounds 1.50.

ECONOMIST PLAZA Ewen Henderson. Large, oppressive ceramic sculptures inspired by investigations into Ancient British megaliths. 25 St James's St, SW1 (071- 485 5305). To 18 Feb. Daily, all day.

ICA Jimmie Durham. Contemporary Cherokee Indian art. The Mall, SW1 (071-930 3647). To 20 Feb. Daily 12.00-7.30, Tue to 9.00; pounds 1.50.

NATIONAL GALLERY Claude. Sublime pastoral views by the father of the European landscape tradition. Trafalgar Sq WC2 (071- 839 3321). To 10 Apr; pounds 3, conc pounds 1.50. Mon-Sat 10.00-6.00, Sun 2.00-6.00.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY Holbein and the court of Henry VIII. Fascinating character studies of courtiers and ladies by an artist ahead of his time. Thomas More, Katherine Howard and others. To 17 Apr; free. St Martin's Pl WC2 (071-306 0055). Mon- Fri 10.00-5.00, Sat 10.00-6.00, Sun 2.00-6.00.

ROYAL ACADEMY Modigliani drawings from the collection of his early patron Paul Alexandre never before seen in public. To 4 Apr; pounds 4.50, conc pounds 3. And Masterpieces of ancient sculpture from the unrivalled private collection of George Ortiz. To 6 Apr; pounds 4.50, conc pounds 3. Also Life drawings by secondary school students. To 12 Mar; free. Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1 (071-439 7438). Daily 10.00-6.00.

ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART John Minton. A retrospective. Kensington Gore, SW7. (071- 584 5020). To 9 Feb. Mon-Sat 10.00-6.00; free.

SAATCHI GALLERY Young British Artists III. Simon English, Simon Callery and Jenny Saville. (See review, above). 98a Boundary Rd, NW8 (071-624 8299). To Jun. Fri-Sun 12.00-6.00; Fri free, Sat-Sun pounds 2.

SERPENTINE GALLERY Wall to Wall. The ancient practice of painting on the wall, as revived by Michael Craig-Martin, Lothar Baumgarten, Jessica Diamond, Barbara Kruger, Niele Toroni and Lawrence Weiner. Kensington Gardens, W2 (071-402 6075). To 27 Feb. Daily 10.00-6.00; free.

TATE GALLERY Writing on the Wall. Work by women artists. To 10 Apr. And New displays. Hogarth and mid-18th century British art. Matisse with Brancusi. Modern British sculpture. William Nicholson and Edward Burra. Millbank, SW1 (071-887 8000). Mon-Sat 10.00-5.00, Sun 2.00-5.00; free.

V&A Faberge. Extensive exhibition of the work of the Imperial Russian jeweller, best known for his eggs. South Kensington, SW7 (071-938 8500). To 10 Apr. Tue-Sun 10.00-5.50, Mon 12.00-5.50, last adm 4.30; pounds 4, conc pounds 2.75.

WHITECHAPEL GALLERY Bill Viola. Recent (sensitively accomplished) works by the American video artist. Whitechapel High St, E1 (071-377 5015). To 13 Feb. Tue-Sun 11.00- 5.00, Wed to 8.00; free.

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AROUND THE COUNTRY:

BATH Victoria Art Gallery Drawings by 18 contemporary sculptors. Joseph Beuys, Anish Kapoor, Eduardo Chillida and others. Pulteney Bridge (0225 461111). To 12 Mar. Mon- Fri 10.00-5.30, Sat 10.00-5.00; free.

CAMBRIDGE Fitzwilliam Museum Paintings by Keith Grant. To 24 Apr. Tue-Sat 10.00-5.00, Sun 2.15-5.00; free. And Drawings by sculptors. Rubens, Degas, Matisse, Hepworth and others. To 10 Apr. Tue-Fri 2.00- 5.00, Sat 10.00-5.00, Sun 2.15-5.00; free. Trumpington St (0223 332900).

GLASGOW Burrell Collection Degas bronzes. Seventy-three sculptures from the Sao Paulo Museu de Arte, Brazil. Pollok Country Park (041-649 7151). To 13 Mar. Mon- Sat 10.00-5.00, Sun 12.00-6.00; pounds 1, conc 50p.

LIVERPOOL Tate Gallery Mixed-media installation by Ann Hamilton entitled 'mneme'. Albert Dock (051-709 3223). To 6 Mar. Tue-Sun 10.00-6.00; free.

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