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A creative, globe-trotting couple have put their stamp on a pair of 1920s buildings in Barrio Italia. By Sorrel Moseley-Williams

Brit art: In the Golden Days by John Strudwick

Move over Impressionism…the British are (finally) coming

France doesn’t have much time for British 19th century art, so the exhibition now on in Paris is a big risk

Young at heart: 'Creative Family Home' shows how to let your childrens' imaginations run free at home

As easy as child’s play

A new interiors bible shows that family life doesn’t have to mean an end to good design. By Trish Lorenz

Nina Felix by Bob Dylan, 2013

Bob Dylan's artwork enters hallowed halls of National Portrait Gallery (despite being 'amalgamations' not portraits)

Bob Dylan may have earned himself a host of complimentary descriptions from “poet of our time” to “lyrical genius”. But the 110 million album-selling folk musician has been battling to be taken seriously as a visual artist for almost as long as he has been singing songs, and now 12 of his artworks are set to enter the National Portrait Gallery - the first time he has exhibited in a public museum in the UK.

Statue of the Dead Christ c.1500-1520: The damaged statue of Christ that lay hidden for hundreds of years will form the centrepiece of a new exhibition of attacked art at Tate Modern.

Iconoclasm: Tate Britain to showcase art that has been blown up, defaced, dyed and mutilated

The first exhibition exploring the history of British iconoclasm opens in October

For richer, for poorer: The Football Match (1949) sold for £5.6m in 2011

Charles Darwent on Lowry and The Painting of Modern Life at Tate Britain: The matchstick men aren’t quite where Lowry left them

L S Lowry turned the working class into a flat-capped mob, always on the move, never getting anywhere

Undiscovered LS Lowry work found on the back of painting ahead of Tate show

An undiscovered work by LS Lowry has been unearthed by astonished curators hanging Tate Britain's new blockbuster retrospective of the "matchstick men" painter.

The Maldive Exodus Caravan Show

Political turmoil in the Maldives reverberates all the way to the Venice Biennale 2013

The political turmoil rocking the Maldives has reverberated all the way to Venice’s celebrated art show where the archipelago nation is represented by two exhibitions – an official one focussing on the danger of climate change and unofficial show highlighting political repression.

Through their eyes: Children who fled the violence draw picture of Syria crisis

A Unicef worker reports from Northern Iraq on the challenges of rehabilitation

Falkland Holdings boosted by UK exhibitions

The company which owns much of the Falkland Islands' infrastructure and a stake in an oil explorer there beat the City's predictions for its profits thanks to an unlikely source.

Vive le school run: Children's journeys to school in rural Brittany are packed with mini-adventures

In rural Brittany, children travel by boat, bike or walk through woods to get to school. Photographer Stéphanie Tétu captured their adventures.

Pay a visit to the Bruno and Bean pop-up shop and pick up new pieces. Palladian tea cup and saucer by Custhom, from £24. brunoandbean.com

iStyle: Capital ideas

Who needs to fly off to Milan? Clerkenwell Design Week is a fabulous showcase for British design talent, says Trish Lorenz

Dr Simon Pennell, palliative care doctor at Lewis Manning Hospice in Dorset (Rankin Photography Ltd)

Rankin honours parents with pictures of life before death

Rankin, the celebrated photographer, is on a mission to bring death to life in an exhibition inspired by the trauma he suffered after his parents died within weeks of each other.

Up in the air: Marc Chagall’s Paris Through the Window (1913) will be at Tate Liverpool for four months

Heads Up: Chagall, Modern Master

Things are looking up – the first Chagall UK show in 15 years

An ambulance in France

French cancer patient saves paramedic after heart attack

After his story makes the national news, Christian Nayet insists his actions were 'human, not courageous.'

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