Unknown Leonardo to go on show at National Gallery

The National Gallery is to exhibit a previously unknown oil painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. The 1513 painting, Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World), shows Christ with one hand raised to make a blessing and the other holding an orb.

Can a garden be a work of conceptual art?

Do avant gardeners deserve recognition? The flower-show season is a chance for Victoria Summerley to find out

Luke Donald: 'I'd love to be part of that club who have won majors'

The Brian Viner Interview: Earnest and consistent, Luke Donald – the world No 1 – knows an Open victory will end doubts about his rising to the big occasions

Charles Nevin: Mr Osborne would make a fine statue

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The Insider: How to do brights (and not get a headache)

I'm still scarred by the sitting-room I painted slightly the wrong orange a decade ago. Things went white for a long time – that was the noughties for you – but encouraged by good vibes from my Yves Klein-blue kitchen wall, I'm ready for more. To sidestep previous eye ache, I sought the expertise of prop stylist Will Taylor, who runs the brilliant brightbazaar.blogspot.com, devoted to all things, well, bright...

A lost Michelangelo? Art scholar claims controversial find in Oxford

A respected Italian art scholar claims to have identified a previously unknown painting by Michelangelo at the University of Oxford.

Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project, By Iain Sinclair

Near the end of this book, Iain Sinclair decides to tell us what it is all about. Walking along the Olympic fence in Stratford, East London, he comes across "globetrotting Sicilian photographer Mimi Mollica, a native of Hackney Wick", who asks him what the title of the book means. Sinclair replies: "CGI smears on the blue fence. Real juice from a virtual host. Embalming fluid. A soup of photographic negatives. Soul food for the dead. The universal element in which we sink and swim."

Cy Twombly: Painter who divided critical opinion but was widely regarded as a key figure in 20th century art

Cy Twombly was one of the key figures in 20th century art. His pictures combined painting and drawing techniques, repetitive lines, scribbles and the use of words and graffiti. He is often linked to his fellow-Americans, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, who he met as a student in New York in the early 1950s, but he never enjoyed an easy ride from the critics, some of whom questioned whether his work was worthy of a place at the high table of abstract art.

Picasso thief makes his getaway by hailing a cab

If Hollywood films are to be believed, art heists require meticulous planning, James Bond-style equipment and elaborate getaways.

Napoleon's sister is the ideal face of female beauty

In a beauty competition with a difference, the Italian public has chosen a marble rendition of Napoleon Bonaparte's sister as their ideal depiction of female beauty.

Gimcrack painting fetches £22.4m at auction

Already laying claim to one of the longer names in art, a George Stubbs painting picked up one of the biggest price tags ever attached to a British painting – £22.4m – when it went up for auction last night.

Twombly and Poussin: Every picture tells a story

There are narratives in abstract art just as in figurative painting – and a show on Twombly and Poussin aims to prove it.
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Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

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