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The national appetite for art and art spaces seems insatiable. When Tate Modern was unveiled in 2000, two million annual visits were expected; today more than five million visitors a year pour through its Thames-side doors.

Diana and Callist by Titian was yesterday rescued for the nation - for £45m

Artwork saved! But was it worth it?

A Titian masterpiece was yesterday rescued for the nation – for £45m. But should we have just let it go?

National Gallery photo of Diana and Callisto by Italian Renaissance master Titian

National Gallery saves Titian painting for nation‎

Titian's masterpiece Diana and Callisto has been saved for the nation in a £45 million deal.

Shell oil protesters climb National Gallery

Environmental campaigners climbed to the roof of the National Gallery today to stage a protest against energy giant Shell.

Thousands set to strike in three separate disputes

Thousands of workers will go on strike this week in three separate disputes over jobs and pensions affecting consumer goods giant Unilever, tax offices and a leading gallery.

Armchair art: Leonardo da Vinci, self-portrait

Why's a show like you in a space like this?

The Leonardo exhibition deserves better than the National Gallery's basement, says Simon Tait

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Leonardo: What’s a show like you doing in a space like this?

Leonardo da Vinci deserves better than the National Gallery’s basement,

Leading article: Leonardo merits extended opening hours at the National Gallery

The National Gallery regards its Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, which opens to the public today, as the blockbuster of the year – even the decade. And quite rightly. It's a wonderful show displaying no less than half the paintings of the great Italian Renaissance master.

The Da Vinci feud: has the National Gallery snubbed a Leonardo masterpiece?

Owner says ego and expediency are behind the rejection of his 'genuine' Leonardo

Young at art? Not any more, say galleries as school visits drop

Britain's leading galleries are losing hundreds of thousands of child visitors every year, raising concerns about the artistic education of the nation's children.

Where have all the children gone, Britain's galleries wonder

The decline is exacerbated by the fact that four out of 10 secondary schools have cut key artistic subjects

Loan of fragile Da Vinci sketch draws criticism

Art experts have criticised plans by the National Gallery to move a fragile drawing by Leonardo da Vinci after it emerged that the institution's own conservators have warned that the work will never be fit to travel.

National Gallery 'too insecure' for Leonardo da Vinci

After security breach, Polish prince reconsiders lending 'Lady with an Ermine' for major exhibition. Matthew Bell reports

Unknown Leonardo to go on show at National Gallery

The National Gallery is to exhibit a previously unknown oil painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. The 1513 painting, Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World), shows Christ with one hand raised to make a blessing and the other holding an orb.

Devotion by Design, National Gallery, London

Early religious paintings from the National Gallery's own treasury speak to a modern audience – and to each other

Hundreds camp out for final Potter premiere

Feverish anticipation continued last night as today's premiere in London of the final Harry Potter film drew near. The film will bring to an end the eight-film saga of JK Rowling's boy wizard, a series that has spawned an era of international obsession. Fans camped overnight in Trafalgar Square ahead of the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, sheltering beneath ponchos, tents and coats. Some devotees wore costumes of the character, and Lara Teresa, 16, even travelled from Germany for the occasion.

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