Arts and Entertainment Peri Cochin, organiser of the raffle 'One Picasso for 100 Euros', stands in front of the goauche 'L'Homme au Gibus, 1914' (Man with Opera Hat) by painter Pablo Picasso

Man in the Opera Hat will be used to raise money to protect the ancient Lebanese city of Tyre

Great Works: Composition in White, Black and Red (1936) Piet Mondrian

People have tried to get computers to compose music, and with some success, especially if the music's form is relatively formulaic. You can program music "in the style of Mozart". It won't be much good, but it can yield something plausible, something Mozart might just have done on an off-day.

Picasso's red period - heading for Liverpool

Pablo Picasso was the most celebrated artist of the 20th century when, living under Nazi occupation in exile in Paris, he stunned the world with the announcement that he had joined the French Communist Party.

Picasso sketchbook is stolen

A notebook full of Pablo Picasso's sketches worth several million pounds has been stolen from the Paris museum that bears the painter's name.

Great Works: Bather Opening a Cabin (1928) Pablo Picasso

Musee Picasso, Paris

Picasso: Don’t look back

There’s so much to say about Picasso’s relationship with the artists of today. So why on earth has the National Gallery gone down the tired route of linking him to the old masters?

Thieves steal Picasso work from gallery

Thieves stole works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and others from a Berlin gallery over the New Year's holiday, police said yesterday.

Pick Of The Picture Books: The Living Coast: An Aerial View of Britain's Shoreline, By Christopher Somervill

Far more than just a serendipitous collection made by three curious men in a Cessna 182, The Living Coast: An Aerial View of Britain's Shoreline, by Christopher Somerville, with photographs by Adrian Warren and Dae Sasitorn (Last Refuge, £14.99) is an intimate document of Britain's ins and outs, its ebbs and flows and its precarious ecology, all from "a gull's eye" perspective.

A Continuous Line: Ben Nicholson in England, Abbot Hall, Kendal

The first wife of the painter Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, summed up the utopian beliefs of British modernism when she wrote: "To say a thing was modern was to say it was 'good', sweeping away Victorian, Edwardian, Old Theology, Old Tory views. In the new world there would be no slums, no unnecessary palm trees, no false ornament – but clarity, white walls, simplicity."

Paperback: Visiting Picasso. Notebooks & Letters of Roland Penrose, edited by E Cowling

Describing himself as a "fly" compared with the "mountain" of Picasso, Penrose makes a good Boswell. His endearing description of the artist at play "P picks up dog's bone, pretends to gnaw and then holds it as a continuation of his nose" reveals that the art-play never stopped. In the shadow of the master, there is much amusement to be had from courtiers squabbling for his approval. Bit players in this revealing portrait include Gary Cooper, Alfred Jarry ("understood very little of painting") and the Duke of Edinburgh, shown smiling broadly at a Picasso show in 1960.

Picasso's heirs and the mystery of the evil stepmother

Two of Pablo Picasso's heiresses are suing an author over her book about the artist's second wife, Jacqueline Picasso.

Malevich, Kasimir: Red House (1932)

Faces: we can find them anywhere. We're deeply inclined to facial recognition, to perceiving faces in things and putting faces on things. The world for us is full of eyes, noses and mouths, imagined or appended, from the Man in the Moon to the snarling snout of a fighter plane.

A new Tate, but is it modern?

Malcolm Quinn explores the meaning of the much misused 'm' word

Visual arts: The Futurist who slowed down

For Futurism's founder, Marinetti, speed and dynamism were the movement's hallmarks and in 1910 Gino Severini agreed with him. But then he moved to Paris...
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee