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Great works: Sand dune (1983), Francis Bacon

Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Basel

Francis Bacon: In Camera, Compton Verney, Warwickshire

A show that promises discovery of the private artist finds a man simply in thrall to the photograph

Beneath the layers of Bacon

A new exhibition seeks to shed new light on Francis Bacon's working practises and expose the fallacy of the artist's own myth. Matilda Battersby reports.

Tom Sutcliffe: Rape should not just be an issue for women

I wonder whether the Haven rape centres will feel that they got value for money with the online opinion poll they commissioned to mark the 10th anniversary of the support service they offer for rape victims? On the one hand, "Wake Up To Rape", the report that resulted from the survey, did get quite a lot of coverage in the media – which is always part of the point of such operations. On the other hand, the findings appeared to suggest that social attitudes to rape remain hopelessly confused, despite decades of campaigning on the issue.

Prince of Wales bemoans loss of South Bank Show

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'We usually ended up in one of those weird speakeasy places underneath a cab company'

Lord Rees: The curiosity of our founders will inspire us for centuries more

Back in the 1660s, the Royal Society's founders met regularly to discuss scientific ideas and perform experiments – experiments with air pumps, trials of different poisons on animals, improvements to gunpowder and to pendulum clocks. And sometimes rather gruesome experiments in which the blood from one dog was transfused into another.

Professor David Mellor: Parr is a really good artist

Martin Parr found a way of updating candid photojournalist realism in the 1970s and perhaps his greatest achievement was when he moved into a world of colour. It was like the moment when Bob Dylan went electric. Thank God he did it. Before that, people were led to believe that black and white was king, when it wasn't. It was an audacious move that gave his naturalism a hyper reality and an incredible vividness.

Hit & Run: Portraits by a First Lady

Ciao. Or should I say, bonjour. You already know me, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, not only as the proud, stiletto-avoiding wife of the French President but as an acknowledged sexy pin-up lady, accomplished guitarist, singer and supermodel.

Boxing: A Cultural History, By Kasia Boddy

A triumph of research in an unexpected field, Boddy's lucid study starts with the Greek gagster Lucilius ("Your head, Apollophanes, has become a sieve") before moving briskly on to the boxing obsessions of Byron, who created a pugilistic scrapbook on a folding screen, and Dickens, who inserted punch-ups in works from Pickwick to Edwin Drood.

Professor Graham Rees

Scholar and inspirational teacher celebrated for his editing of Francis Bacon

Steyn leaves All Blacks in a real mess

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John Rosser's odyssey with Francis Bacon

A retrospective exhibit, which opens today at Ebury Galleries, called "Sleeping with Francis Bacon" displays the life work of John Rosser. The title alludes to the friendship between Rosser and Francis Bacon and the mystery of a forgotten canvas rather than any clandestine affair. The paintings on display are a mix of oil and watercolours of landscapes, gardens and figures.



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