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National Gallery: Carol Plazzotta, "Millennial Matters: Botticelli's Mystic Nativity - an introduction to the exhibition", 1pm.

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The Labour grandee finds it hard to recognise himself in a Gerald Scarfe caricature that has him dangling from strings

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Art: Private View - Rogier van der Weyden National Gallery, London WC2

Rogier van der Weyden at the National Gallery is a small display celebrating one of the key figures of the Northern Renaissance. In his day he was described as "the greatest" and "most noble" of all painters and his influence spread right across Europe. The few pictures that have survived the 600 years since his birth show why: he was an incomparable draughtsman and a daring, yet subtle, painter. Even today his work has an uncompromising and distinctly modern look.

Art: Private View - Chris Ofili Serpentine Gallery, London W2

Chris Ofili was among the country's top 10 artists who were on the shortlist for this year's pounds 30,000 Jerwood Prize, and even though he didn't win last Monday, he has plenty to keep him happy. The controversial artist is also in the running for this year's Turner Prize. And, as if all of this wasn't enough, he's got his first major London exhibition opening at the Serpentine on Tuesday. All in all, not a bad month's work for a man best known for balancing his paintings on little lumps of elephant dung.

Outtakes: Furry symbols of wealth and power, feathered accessories and four-legged friends

Animals in portraits are highly symbolic and form part of the artist's commentary on his subject, argues the chief curator of the National Portrait Gallery. Judge for yourself what the artists were saying in these paintings. Top: Anna Pavlova with Jack, by Lafayette, 1927. Above: Sir Edwin Landseer by John Ballantyne, 1865. Above right: Ellen Terry with terriers. Right: Charles II and puppy, 1630. Far right: Max Wall Maggi Hambling, 1981.

Museums fall out in crisis over charging

The united front by national museums over free admissions has been broken. The director of the Victoria and Albert Museum tells our arts news editor, David Lister, that he will not tolerate financial help being given to some museums and not others.

A study in sexual politics

Experts at the National Gallery have subjected Renoir's famous Les Parapluies (Umbrellas) to the very latest high-tech scrutiny. And what did they discover? Political correctness, reports David Lister

Royal Academy censures creator of Sensation

The Royal Academy's ruling council yesterday censured its controversial exhibitions secretary Norman Rosenthal for remarks he made in a television programme. They then issued a vote of confidence in him.

Royal Academy denies Hirst claims

The Royal Academy last night denied having offered membership to the artist Damien Hirst, (left) who had claimed that he had turned it down, denouncing the august body as a "big, fat, stuffy institution".
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