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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.

The whole city is a gallery as art goes al fresco in York

Yesterday was a strange day for staff at York Art Gallery. For much of the morning, concerned members of the public approached the front desk informing them that a priceless-looking painting had been hung on a wall in the city centre overnight. Did they have a painting missing, they were asked? Was it being displayed in the open air on purpose or was it the work of pranksters?

Jan Van Eyck and his wife reunited for Renaissance exhibition

Jan Van Eyck's self-portrait is one of the National Gallery's most familiar works. It shows a middle-aged man looking sternly out at the viewer. Now, after several centuries apart, the oil painting of the Renaissance painter is to be reunited with a portrait of his wife, Margaret.

If you can't get to the National Gallery... it will come to you

The best most travellers can expect from a departure lounge is a dog-eared copy of a celebrity magazine and lukewarm cappuccino in a cardboard cup.

National Gallery head: don't forget the old masters

Nicholas Penny, the newly appointed director of the National Gallery, yesterday expressed concern over the art industry's obsession with contemporary works to the exclusion of older paintings.

Hedging bets: Turn your front garden into an oasis of calm

Low-maintenance, attractive, a foil for rubberneckers...there's nothing like a privet hedge to turn an urban front garden into an oasis of calm

Art of Light: German renaissance stained glass, National Gallery, London

The panes and the pleasure

Upholsterers: If the stuffing's been knocked out, call me

As the anti-waste movement continues to grow, there's more work for upholsterers. By Caroline Roberts

Brown hits out at Europe over trend towards protectionism

Gordon Brown launched an outspoken attack last night on the rising tide of protectionism across Europe, accusing its governments of blocking cross-border takeovers for reasons of economic patriotism.

tot Sint Jans, Geertgen: The Tree of Jesse (c1490)

You can (if you're family-minded) make a family tree " a diagram of mothers and fathers, and their children, and their spouses, and their children, and so on, down the generations. Down is the operative word. The odd thing about these trees is that they grow downwards. They spread out like roots. They hang like mobiles.

Hotel Of The Week: The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest,

Gleaming marble, soft beds, plush bathrooms... A multi-million-pound refit has restored the art nouveau grandeur of Budapest's Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace to its former glory. And as for the service...

'Will you hop it!' Bouncing Boris faces his question time

Boris Johnson's first big policy announcement on the arts was made in his absence yesterday. He was to chair a seminar before a prestigious invited audience at the National Gallery, until he was sacked 48 hours earlier over events in his private life.

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