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This week's picture is A Calm (1654) by Jan van de Cappelle (1624- 1679), famous for bringing the "maritime view" genre to its peak. Commonly held to be the artist's greatest work, the painting demonstrates van de Cappelle's ability to balance the recording of atmosphere, tone and luminosity. Owned by the same family since the 18th century, it was recently sold to help carry out repairs to their historic house; luckily for Britain, it was purchased by the National Museum & Gallery in Cardiff - with a large chunk of financial assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. (NMG, Cardiff, 01222 397951, permanent display; Sun 2.30-5pm, Tues- Sat 10am-5pm; admission free - today only - to IoS readers carrying a copy of the Review; usual price pounds 3.) Emma Morgan



IN WHICH painting by which painter can you find this bend?

DETAILS 264 was taken from one of Luis Melendez's high-definition table- tops, the Still Life with Fruit, Cheese and Containers (1771-72), which was on display in the National Gallery earlier this year. It is normally in the Museo del Prado, Madrid.

The first three correct entries drawn were from: Mr C N Hudson of London SE5; Sonia Wheeler of Poole, Dorset; and Sheila Amodia of Rawdon, Leeds. Congratulations to all three.

Each will receive a bottle of champagne, as will this week's winners. Answers, on a postcard, to: DETAILS 266, Independent on Sunday, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL.

Next week, look out for our annual Christmas Details spread.