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
TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food