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Postcard from... Istanbul

At its peak at the end of the 16th Century, the Ottoman Empire ruled over parts of North Africa, Asia and Europe, even reaching the outskirts of Vienna. Today's Turkey is much smaller but it has not forgotten its imperial past.

Postcard from... Istanbul

At its peak at the end of the 16th Century, the Ottoman Empire ruled over parts of North Africa, Asia and Europe, even reaching the outskirts of Vienna. Today's Turkey is much smaller but it has not forgotten its imperial past.

Mona Lisa (left)
Leonardo’s preferred medium was wood, not canvas which the Isleworth version is painted on. Art historian Martin Kemp said: 'The head, like all other copies, does not capture the profound elusiveness of the original'
The 'Isleworth' Mona Lisa (right)
The Mona Lisa Foundation's researchers claim they can identify Leonardo's brush strokes. Art historian Stanley Feldman said: 'It strikes us that in order for that to be so accurate... only the person who did one did the other.'

Experts claim 'Mona Lisa' had a bit of previous

The Mona Lisa's elusive smile has enthralled visitors to the Louvre for generations, but yesterday a Swiss foundation unveiled what it said was an earlier version of Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece, claiming it was completed over a decade before the famous Renaissance painting.

Mona Lisa (left)
Leonardo’s preferred medium was wood, not canvas which the Isleworth version is painted on. Art historian Martin Kemp said: 'The head, like all other copies, does not capture the profound elusiveness of the original'
The 'Isleworth' Mona Lisa (right)
The Mona Lisa Foundation's researchers claim they can identify Leonardo's brush strokes. Art historian Stanley Feldman said: 'It strikes us that in order for that to be so accurate... only the person who did one did the other.'

Could there be an earlier version of the Mona Lisa?

Swiss foundation unveils what it claims is 1505 painting by Leonardo – with a UK link

The Isleworth Mona Lisa? Foundation claims Da Vinci's masterpiece had twin

A foundation says it will prove to the world today that Leonardo Da Vinci painted an earlier version of the Mona Lisa - a claim doubted by at least one expert on the multifaceted Renaissance artist.

Charging Chasseur, 1812, by Théodore Géricault

Louvre, Paris

Aung San Suu Kyi visited the Louvre Museum in Paris yesterday

Call our country Myanmar, Suu Kyi is told

Aung San Suu Kyi's home country has changed dramatically over the past year, but one thing won't change just yet: its name.

Donald MacInnes: Hunter-gatherers do sometimes like to go shopping

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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.

Visitors to the Louvre are given fresh perspective through the Nintendo 3DS guides

Mona Lisa meets Mario

Some of the world's finest museums and galleries are embracing high-tech guides. So, is the Nintendo DS set to be the Louvre's latest big-name attraction? By Rebecca Armstrong

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

Gaming and art move ever closer as the Louvre gets 3DS audio guides

Nintendo will be providing the Louvre with Nintendo 3DS systems that will house an exclusive audio guide from 11th April.

Taking Time, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

French artists of the ancien régime were rarely given to intimate, everyday studies – which is why Chardin's boys at leisure are so enticingly mysterious

Louis Vuitton presents a platform trend during its show in Paris

I had eyes for one thing only (and it wasn't the clothes)

In a world dominated by anoraks, bobble hats, enamel badges and vacuum flasks, railways and fashion are not obvious partners. Most of us boys gave up finding trains sexy when we discovered girls. And most girls – of any age – have never found trains sexy at all.

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Money, corruption and drugs

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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