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Springtime in the city of bridges

It's April again and you know where you should head. The bridges of Paris are the subject of Mort Rosenblum's new book. This is an extract

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In which painting by which painter can you find this stretch of water?

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In which painting by which painter can you find this dark form?

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TEN YEARS IN THE ARTS

SKELETON IN THE CUPBOARD

Are you brave enough to visit the secret Fragonard Museum, hidden in a quiet Paris suburb? The very courageous Taras Grescoe drops in and discovers two-headed sheep and human bodies stripped of their flesh

Getting to know the je ne sais quoi

Warm croissants, tar-black espresso, a Juliette Binoche lookalike at the next table. We can all imagine the perfect Paris cafe, but does it exist? To celebrate Bastille Day,

When stones and marbles are fought over

It is the world's biggest game of marbles. For centuries, nations have plundered each others' most beloved artefacts, including the Stone of Destiny, only to claim "finders keepers" when asked to return them.

When Berthe Morisot met Edouard Manet

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Unlikely tales of fake tiaras and steel fleas: believe them if you want to fictional flea: believe it if you want to

THE DAY the Louvre and all its grave curators became April Fools is just over a hundred years ago. On 1 April 1896 Professor Heron de Villefosse, director of the department of Roman and Greek antiquities at the Louvre, announced to the French nation that he had acquired "a miracle of Greek goldwork": the Tiara of Saitapharnes.

STYLE, RUBBISH AND SEMIOTICS

THE BROADER PICTURE

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THE theme was red: 16 red squares from 16 largely red pictures, some quite easy to spot, some not. The trickiest, it turned out, were the Hals, the Ingres and the de la Tour. But many people got all 16 right, and of them, the first drawn from the hat was K H Newton of Bedford, who wins a case of champagne. The three runners-up - they get a bottle each - were Margaret and Derek Walker of London NW1, Mark Yakoushkin of Charlbury, Oxford, and Keith King of London SE5.

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CHRISTOPHER BURNS

Good grief!

Opera Factory; Opera Atelier

Family sells a profile of history

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