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A hotel to inspire Wanders lust

Children with low self-esteem could be harmed if they are lavished with too much praise by parents, study claims

Inflated praise can lead to kids retreating into their shell - and worry they will have to reach the same standard in future tasks

Gone with the Wind actress Alicia Rhett dies aged 98

Rhett was one of the last remaining cast members from the 1939 classic

Great works: The Death of Marat, By Jacques-Louis David (1793)

Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels

Best of 2014: Visual art preview

Adrian Hamilton picks this year's must-see visual art

This artwork by Banksy was found covered in brown paint earlier this week

Banksy paintings vandalised in Sundance Film Festival town

Two artworks by the graffiti artist were tampered with in Utah

The Puttermesser Papers, By Cynthia Ozick - Review

Ozick’s The Puttermesser Papers, reissued here for the first time since 1997, was initially published as five separate short stories in magazines. The stories were then produced in book form in 1997, as a novel which was nominated for the IMPAC Prize. Ozick, who has also won the National Book Critics Circle Award and four O Henry Prizes, is known as an intellectual as well as a gifted writer, and this book oozes erudition, with its long segues to the Classics, George Eliot, the history of golems, and so on.

2013 - the year in review: The best visual arts of the year

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life

David Tennant and Gregory Doran join forces again for this lucid and gripping account of Richard II

David Tennant: When stars become salesmen they also become cheap

The actor is brilliant as  Richard II, but why does he choose to  appear in a television advert?

The National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a portrait of Tony Blair by Alastair Adams

National Gallery unveils 'uncompromising' portrait of Tony Blair by Alastair Adams

Oil painting is a dramatic close-up of the former Labour leader

Picasso's 'Man with Opera Hat' is being auctioned online for €100 in association with Sotheby's

Picasso masterpiece valued at €1m sold at charity auction for £84

A 25-year-old American, who paid €100 for his raffle ticket, said he had been looking for a picture to hang on his living room

A 50-strong committee presented the draft constitution and its promotional poster on Saturday

Egyptian government promotes new constitution with Western faces

Three out of the five photos used to promote the Egyptian government's new draft constitution are stock images of Westerners

Grey matter: Inside Maria Hatzistefanis' Notting Hill home

Cosmetics queen Maria Hatzistefanis has found the perfect way to relax her mind after a day at work

Peri Cochin, organiser of the raffle 'One Picasso for 100 Euros', stands in front of the goauche 'L'Homme au Gibus, 1914' (Man with Opera Hat) by painter Pablo Picasso

Sotheby’s Paris to give away $1m masterpiece by Pablo Picasso in €100 charity raffle

Man in the Opera Hat will be used to raise money to protect the ancient Lebanese city of Tyre

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The downside to luxury travel? George Bush shows off his paintings aboard Air Force One

It may have felt like a rather long journey for passengers aboard the presidential aircraft Air Force One yesterday. Whilst on route to Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, George W. Bush took the opportunity to showcase his latest works of art (again).

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