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
Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch 'first sexy Holmes', says Mark Gatiss
Academy members voted for Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave 'without watching it'
Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role to marry Natasha Richardson
Jessica Alba interview: From Hollywood superwoman to household product CEO
Captain Phillips actor Barkhad Abdi struggles financially despite Oscar nomination
Apple's Tim Cook: Business isn’t just about making profit
Thousands of young people forced to go without food after benefits wrongly stopped under 'draconian' new sanctions regime
Ukraine crisis: New navy chief 'defects' and surrenders Crimean HQ as Putin claims ultranationalists forced intervention
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 Academy members voted for Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave 'without watching it'
- 3 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 4 Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role to marry Natasha Richardson
- 5 Livr: A social network only for drunk people