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

Letter: Crimes in Kosovo

Sir: In Kosovo, we're destroying a nation in order to save it.

Leonardo's Lost Supper

Compare the detail below with the painting on the front page of this section. One image is murky, imprecise and flat. The other is luminous, colourful and vibrant. Just like a Renaissance painting, in fact. `Nonsense!' cry the experts. This ain't art restoration, this is painting by numbers. Frances Kennedy is granted a sneak preview of a `new' masterpiece, da Vinci's The Last Supper

Cross Words: Head to head - Out of tune

It's Glyndebourne next week: anachronistic opera elitism, or the purest, greatest art form? Leading soprano Lisa Milne takes on musical maverick Roy Harper

The Broader Picture: RoboDoc

THIS SURGICAL robot, nicknamed da Vinci, is practising heart surgery on a cadaver. Developed by Intuitive Surgical in Mountain View, California, da Vincis, which cost $500,000 (pounds 315,000) each, are already performing operations on live humans in Paris and Brussels.

Europe in turmoil: Costly Fiascos

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Europe in turmoil: Sleaze inquiry puts pressure on Cresson in to

EDITH CRESSON held discussions with the team investigating the sleaze allegations against her yesterday, one day before their report on European Union fraud is expected.

Obituary: Kurt Eissler

KURT EISSLER, the Viennese psychoanalyst, was one of Freud's most faithful adherents.

A good year for Slobodan, but Tony takes the biscuit

Last year the outright winner was Dodi. This year it does not even figure in the top 100

Cinema: The Truman doctrine

The Truman Show PG

Arts: The stepmother complex

Anjelica Huston has a thing about playing witches. But can she do more than just scary? John Walsh meets a versatile vamp

Da Vinci's 'first work' found in London

A NATIONAL Gallery painting always attributed to the Florentine master, Andrea del Verrocchio, is in fact the earliest example of the hand of Leonardo da Vinci, according to an American art historian.

Man squirts yellow paint on National Gallery Rembrandt

A REMBRANDT masterpiece worth millions of pounds went back on display at the National Gallery yesterday, 24 hours after a vandal attacked it with yellow paint.

Theatre: Blood simple

BLEEDING ARTS JERMYN STREET THEATRE LONDON

Why is Mona Lisa smiling? Because she likes the music

A new production takes the paintings and drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and turns them into life using dance and 16th-century music. By Richard D North

Classical & Opera: Music with a smile

Leonardo da Vinci's celebrated painting, the Mona Lisa, is unusual in a number of ways, and is certainly not representative of the standard portraiture of the time. One factor differentiating it, for a start, is that the sitter smiles. What is making her smile?
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But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
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Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

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Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

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Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
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Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

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Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones