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Drawings from the Codex Atlanticus were used by a Polish pianist to resurrect the 'mythical' instrument

Delacroix's 1830 canvas

Skip to the Louvre... in Pas de Calais. Museum opens site in the north

There will be no need to travel all the way to Paris to see the Louvre from the end of this year. Over 200 of the museum's most important works will be moving to a new branch in Lens in the Pas de Calais, just across the Channel.

Da Vinci's version of the Mona Lisa at the Prado in Madrid

So, she truly was Leonardo's labour of love

The discovery of another version of da Vinci's masterpiece shows that La Gioconda took him 16 years to paint

Gunther von Hagens presents Crucifix for Easter

It’s a gory portrayal of the crucifixion, created from casts of human bone and blood vessels, which looks certain to offend Easter church-goers. But Dr Gunther von Hagens, the controversial anatomist, insists that his latest work is not blasphemous but a true expression of Christian values.

Why we’re starting to warm up to the idea of Assassin’s Creed 3

A fresh numerical start and a new land to explore are just two of the reasons why we're getting excited.

Jarno Smeets in full 'flight'

News to get in a flap about

It was a shaky video of such an astonishing feat that it was hard to imagine it wasn’t an act of computer-generated viral marketing. In a clip that had been viewed more than a million times by last night, a Dutch hobbyist appeared to have succeeded where Da Vinci and generations of dreamers had failed – and flown like a bird.

Mona Lisa copy was painted by Leonardo's pupil

The Mona Lisa at the Prado in Madrid was thought to be just another fine copy, with added eyebrows and an odd black background.

The imitation was found in the Prado, Spain’s national art museum in Madrid

Mona Lisa's 'twin sister' is discovered – 500 years late

Sensational find in Madrid's Prado museum rewrites the history of art

Eternal Gaze: Lady with an Ermine, a star of the National Gallery's Da Vinci show 

Arts review of 2011 - Visual Art: Calm down – it's just another Leonardo...

Beyond the overbearing and clunking blockbusters, the year's best shows were far-flung, small and perfectly formed

Armchair art: Leonardo da Vinci, self-portrait

Why's a show like you in a space like this?

The Leonardo exhibition deserves better than the National Gallery's basement, says Simon Tait

Must-see: Da Vinci's 'Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani'

Leonardo: What’s a show like you doing in a space like this?

Leonardo da Vinci deserves better than the National Gallery’s basement,

Curatorial assistant Francesca Sidhu at the National Gallery views The Lady with an Ermine

Leonardo da Vinci, Painter at the Court of Milan, National Gallery, London

Revisionists, novelists, conspiracy theorists...all are banished in the National Gallery's clear-sighted assessment of Da Vinci's boundless talent

Tim Walker: With a work rate this slow, no wonder Leonardo was good

Tales from the Water Cooler: The painter's patron must have felt like Abramovich waiting for Torres to score

Salvator Mundi is valued at £126m

A chance to see the masterpiece that once sold for £45

Valued at £126m and billed as one of the most controversial art finds of the century, Salvator Mundi will be unveiled this week at the National Gallery.

FSA clamps down on international 'spoofing'

A number of firms have had assets frozen as part of the Financial Services Authority's drive to clamp down on market manipulation.

Loan of fragile Da Vinci sketch draws criticism

Art experts have criticised plans by the National Gallery to move a fragile drawing by Leonardo da Vinci after it emerged that the institution's own conservators have warned that the work will never be fit to travel.

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