The Kongouro from New Holland (The Kangaroo) by George Stubbs

Government puts export ban on George Stubbs' kangaroo and dingo paintings as museum starts appeal to keep them in the UK

Sir David Attenborough has backed a campaign to block export of the paintings, which he describes as 'of world importance'

Cecilia Giménez's changes to the fresco in Borja inspired online artists to imitate her

Monkey business? Pensioner behind botched Christ fresco raises £43,000 for charity as her artwork becomes major tourist attraction

The 19th Century piece by Elias Garcia Martinez was re-Christened "Ecco Mono" (Behold the Monkey) after Cecilia Gimenez's unsolicited 'restoration' last year

Art heist trial of six Romanians accused of stealing Picasso and Monet paintings adjourned

A court in Bucharest has opened and adjourned the trial of six Romanians accused of stealing seven famous pieces of art from a Dutch museum.

Vases and human bones lie in the family grave of Lisa Gherardini, in Florenceís Santissima Annunziata basilica

Researchers open Florence tomb in search for identity of the real Mona Lisa

Scientists hope to match DNA from a skeleton to reveal identity of woman thought to be Leonardo da Vinci's muse

Great works: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (c.1496-8) by Albrecht Dürer

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

John William Waterhouse's painting The Lady of Shalott, inspired by the Alfred Lord Tennyson came top in a nationwide poll by Art Everywhere.

Art Everywhere: Lady of Shalott voted nation's favourite artwork

A 19th century masterpiece by John William Waterhouse has been named as the UK's favourite artwork at the launch of what is said to be the world's largest art show.

Artist Damien Hirst poses in front of his artwork entitled 'I am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds' in the Tate Modern art gallery

Damien Hirst artworks now on sale at Amazon

Art lovers with a six-figure sum to spare can now buy a Damien Hirst original on Amazon.

'Child in Berlin' by David Bowie

Art for rock's sake: Among the musical elite, swapping a guitar for a paintbrush comes naturally

What is it with modern musicians and painting? What spurious orthodoxy now decrees that no rock star of note reaches his/her 50th birthday without having an exhibition of scratchy-dauby artworks launched in a major gallery? Did Schubert or Liszt or Beethoven pause in their labours at the keyboard to knock off charming watercolours of the scene from their music-room window? No. Today, you can't throw a paintbrush across Cork Street without hitting another ageing rocker mounting canvases onto a whitewashed wall.

Nina Felix by Bob Dylan, 2013

Bob Dylan's artwork enters hallowed halls of National Portrait Gallery (despite being 'amalgamations' not portraits)

Bob Dylan may have earned himself a host of complimentary descriptions from “poet of our time” to “lyrical genius”. But the 110 million album-selling folk musician has been battling to be taken seriously as a visual artist for almost as long as he has been singing songs, and now 12 of his artworks are set to enter the National Portrait Gallery - the first time he has exhibited in a public museum in the UK.

Blythe Duff in Ciara

Edinburgh 2013: Ciara - A complex and rewarding meditation on gangland Glasgow

The Traverse Theatre has always been the powerhouse of new Scottish writing for the stage and, as it enters its 50th year, now under the tutelage of its impressive new artistic director Orla O’Loughlin, it is once again at the top of its game.

Edinburgh College of Art

History: Although Edinburgh College of Art traces its roots back to 1729, it was founded as the Drawing Academy in 1760. In 1821, it became the Edinburgh School of Arts, changing its name 30 years later to the Watt Institution and School of Arts. Edinburgh College of Art was founded in 1907. It became part of the University of Edinburgh in August 2011 but retains its own identity.

Great works: The Assumption (1516-18) by Titian

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice

No Ball Games: Removing Banksy’s work from the street defeats the point

The nature of murals and wall sculptures ordinarily meant that the work of art was forever tied to its original location

Painful pillows? Not that old chestnut!

I'm in the Ardèche for a holiday with family and assorted friends. I haven't worn shoes for 10 days and am growing a beard that is turning out to be unnervingly grey. All is good … well almost all.

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