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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.

Great Works: Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1524), Parmigianino

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

New Venice retrospective to launch at National Gallery

The early part of the 18th century saw a demand from mainly aristocratic English travellers for Venetian view paintings.

Impressionist Gardens, National Gallery Complex, Edinburgh

Pleasure gardens with flower power

Treasures from Budapest: From Leonardo to Schiele

Next month the Royal Academy of Arts is set to showcase one of the finest art collections in Central Europe.

Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes & Discoveries, National Gallery, London

An engaging show muddies the moral waters with fakery

Fakes and mistakes on show at National Gallery

The secrets behind some of the world's most popular paintings are being explored in a new exhibition at the National Gallery.

Private collector's £9.2m saves masterpiece from export

A masterpiece by Italian Baroque painter Domenichino has gone on display at the National Gallery after a private collector stepped in to save it from export. The painting was acquired for £9.2m by the anonymous buyer, who promised to exhibit it publicly.

National Gallery staff in 'living wage' strike

Workers at the National Gallery will stage the first strike since the formation of the new Government when they walk out tomorrow in a row over pay.

Teenage girls go on trial for homophobic attack

Drunken girls beat man to death in Trafalgar Square in scene recalling 'A Clockwork Orange', court hears

Travel Agenda: Holland House; Heathrow Airport Great British Food Fortnight; new links from Britain to the Mediterranean

Today: Celebrate all things Dutch in London. Holland House, now in its fifth year, marks the national day of the Netherlands with a free party from midday to 8pm in Trafalgar Square. Expect live music, DJs, children's activities, clog-making workshops, a Dutch market and free tours of Dutch paintings in the National Gallery (holland.com).

We bought forgeries, says National Gallery

Exhibition to showcase counterfeit Holbein and Botticelli works

The Sisters Who Would Be Queen, By Leanda de Lisle

The sisters in question in Leanda de Lisle's entertaining and sympathetic biography are the Greys: Jane, Katherine and Mary.

The row over art that led to a double shooting

Details emerge of 1909 murder in gallery

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