pick of the week
Tuesday 27 February 1996
Drawings on the theme of death - working studies for tombs and monuments - by the arch-propagandist of early 19th-century architecture. Soane was obsessed with mortality, to the extent that he famously built a monument for his terrier, inscribed "Alas poor Fanny", in the courtyard of his London house. By turn quirky, erudite and surprisingly passionate, Soane (who himself designed the Dulwich Picture Gallery) was more than a builder, bringing to his craft a complex philosophy that helped shape the vision of the Victorian world.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London SE21 (0181-693 5254). Thurs to 12 May
Masterpieces from the Doria Pamphilj Gallery
Little known in this country, the Doria Pamphilj collection is one of the finest groups of Old Master paintings in the world. British audiences now have a rare opportunity to view a sizeable selection. Perhaps the highlight is Velasquez's portrait of Pope Innocent X Pamphilj, who founded the gallery in 1650. Among other artists featured in the collection are Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio, Memling, Brueghel, Claude and Bernini.
National Gallery, London WC2 (0171-839 3321). To 19 May
Leonardo da Vinci
A hundred drawings from the Royal Collection by probably the greatest draughtsman the world has ever seen. An impressive group, indicative of the quality of the little-known riches in royal hands. Particularly noteable are studies for the Adoration of the Magi and The Last Supper. The show also demonstrates the breadth of Leonardo's talent, through astonishingly accurate anatomical drawings and designs for everything from monuments to war machines.
The Queen's Gallery, London SWl (0171-930 4832). Friday to 12 Jan 1997
Beuys's Stag Monument to the Fluxus founder, George Maciunas, is shown alongside his Greta Gabo series. Certainly the smallest but undoubtedly one of the most important exhibitions currently showing, this rare grouping of work demonstrates Beuys's abiding importance as a driving force of post-modern art.
Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London W1 (0171 499 4100).
To 20 Apr
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 2 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- 5 Brother and sister, Christopher Buckner and Timothy Savoy, arrested for 'committing incest after watching 'The Notebook''
Great British Bake Off 2014: Diana Beard quits after falling ill
Friends reunion: Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox perform mini sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Breaking Bad season 6 hoax: Vince Gilligan has not confirmed a new series
Strictly Come Dancing v X Factor: Simon Cowell blasts BBC over scheduling war
Doctor Who series 8: Ofcom will not investigate lesbian kiss
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
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