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Soane and Death

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

Joseph Beuys

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).

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