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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

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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

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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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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas