Stanley Spencer: This green and pleasant land

Stanley Spencer saw the common English garden in a warm and sensuous light that even war could not destroy. Adrian Hamilton considers an exhibition of unheralded work by an unusually gentle master

Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane, By Andrew Graham-Dixon

A portrait of the artist as a young villain

Brains, By Simon Bill

I'll never forget you, whoever you are...

Von Ribbentrop in St Ives, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

Andrew Lanyon plays with his viewers in a show that gleefully sacrifices accuracy to imagination

William Crozier: Artist acclaimed for the vibrant colours of his haunting landscapes and seascapes

In earlier harrowing paintings of grimacing sentient skeletons in holocausts of nature, and later vibrantly redemptive (but no less hauntingly reflective) landscapes and seascapes, William Crozier created an exhilarating body of modern visionary art, rooted in a pristine perception of nature and poignant historical resonances allied to intense appreciation of avant-garde art, philosophy and literature.

Back to the seventies: It can pay to choose a more recent period property

Ruth Bloomfield meets one homeowner with an eye for modern vintage

Great Works: Sleeping by the Lion Carpet 1995-6 (228.6cm x 121.3cm), Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud Archive, Lewis Collection

Kitaj: Portraits and Reflections, Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal

The American painter R B Kitaj, long resident in London, left England in grief-stricken disgust after critics had panned his retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1994. He died at his last home in Los Angeles in 2007. This mini-retrospective at the ever enterprising Abbot Hall Gallery in Cumbria is the first extensive sighting of his works in Britain since his death.

Caravaggio, By Andrew Graham-Dixon

Feuds, brawls, exiles, murders, sexual intrigues (of every variety): tell with flair and zest the life and times in Milan, Rome, Naples and Malta of Michelangelo Merisi (1571-1610), and it already makes for a shockingly rollicking read.

Pierre de Villemejane: Picking up the pieces at Wedgwood

The fine china icon is back from the brink under a new French boss

Video: Banksy's tribute to Winehouse?

A spray painting of Amy Winehouse believed to be by anonymous street artist Banksy has appeared in Camden.

Lawrence Lee: Stained-glass artist acclaimed for his work on Coventry Cathedral

Lawrence Lee was a stained-glass artist whose work brought light and colour to churches and cathedrals around the world, including remarkable large-scale projects at Coventry, Southwark and Guildford.

Album: John Law, Mark Pringle, This Is (33Jazz)

This duet for two pianos by the reliably excellent Law and Pringle, his stupendously talented young pupil, is so full of joy that it can renew your faith not just in jazz, but music itself.

Lucian Freud: Artist widely regarded as the finest painter of the human form in the second half of the 20th century

A visit to Lucian Freud's house in Notting Hill was an unforgettable experience.

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