Christus erscheint Maria Magdalena (Noli me tangere)' (1681)

Claude Lorrain: The foreign fields that inspired our greatest landscapes

An exhibition shows how French painter Claude Lorrain's shimmering scenes of rural life influenced a generation of British painters

Turner Prize 2011, Baltic, Gateshead

It's never easy to predict, not least because the best artist so seldom wins. But this year's Prize is hard to call because the shortlist is so strong

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Talent Scout: Brek Shea, FC Dallas

David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg and Rafael Márquez, there's been no shortage of European stars tempted Stateside in recent years, but as another MLS season draws to a close, the sustainability of clubs acquiring ageing big name players is in question, for a league still in its early stages of development.

Eyes on the Turner Prize

It is famed for its wacky works &ndash; and with one piece titled The Same Old Crap, this year's Turner Prize is no exception

Great Works: The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, 1586-88 (480cm x 360cm), El Greco

Parish Church of Santo Tom&#233;, Toledo

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Camulodunum, Firstsite, Colchester

Colchester's Firstsite has a dramatic new building, a golden curving shell designed by Raphael Viñoly that hugs a garden and gently preserves an ancient Roman mosaic under a glass floor at the heart of the gallery. The Berryfield Mosaic was discovered in 1923 with a human skeleton, oyster shells and pottery, and it can be read as a kind of cornerstone for Firstsite's opening exhibition, Camulodunum (the exhibition title taken from the old name for Colchester). The tone is set by Danh Vo's huge sculpture We the People (2011), part of a larger work in which he is making a replica of each part of the Statue of Liberty in copper. Packing crates, tools and rags are strewn around a huge hand, which will never likely never find its way on to an arm.

Grayson Perry: Working with Louis Vuitton

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Did Van Gogh die in an unfortunate brush with fate?

Art historians say it was suicide &ndash; but a new book claims he met his demise in a shooting accident

Big space, big art, big ego

Jay Jopling is an unstoppable force in British art. As he prepares to open Europe's largest commercial gallery, Rob Sharp examines his influence

Big space, big art, big ego

Jay Jopling is an unstoppable force in British art. As he prepares to open Europe's largest commercial gallery, Rob Sharp examines his influence

Jay Jopling: Big space, big art, big ego

The gallerist Jay Jopling is a seemingly unstoppable force in British art. As he opens Europe's largest commercial gallery, Rob Sharp examines his influence

Out with the new: Turbine Hall's latest work is tribute to old movies

Tate Modern's showpiece gallery celebrates art of analogue film-making

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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

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John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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