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Great works: Self-Portrait in his Study, 1906, By Carl Moll

Various Viennese painters are currently showing themselves off in a brilliant show entitled Facing the Modern at the National Gallery, including this portrait by Moll

Tickets for the Bush address are available for up to $100,000

George Bush’s Second Coming – Dubya on a Christian mission to convert Jews

If George W Bush thought he was done being controversial, it appears he was mistaken. Next week, the 43rd US president will deliver the keynote address at a fundraising event for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MBJI), a global organisation that trains its members to convert Jews to Christianity, in the hope of bringing about the Second Coming of Christ.

Anna Calvi in quiet mode

Interview: Anna Calvi - 'I don't mind people thinking I'm scary, it's better than being boring'

On stage, and on her second album, Anna Calvi lets rip. Yet in person she is a model of quiet restraint

The HM Naval Base in Portsmouth dockyard

Ian Burrell on Portsmouth hometown: Scuttling of 800-year-old institution is shameful

Most locals knew someone who worked there. Ian Burrell recalls growing up close to the dockyard

Looted Nazi haul is not going to cause a revolution in the art world

A slow drip-feed of information is always tantalising, if not pulse-quickening. It can also raise us to levels of excitement which represent perhaps too extreme and over-excitable a response to the evidence in front of our eyes.

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules, By Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg (Translated by Rod Bradbury) - Paperback review

These days, one expects any novel out of Sweden to be a crime novel, and so this one is – but with a difference.

Leading arts figures have questioned whether valuable sculptures should be displayed in open locations after a 'high value' Henry Moore bronze was stolen from a site overlooking a reservoir

Stolen Henry Moore sculpture fuels concerns over public art

Leading arts figures have questioned whether valuable sculptures should be displayed in open locations after a “high value” Henry Moore bronze was stolen from a site overlooking a reservoir.

East Enders: Whistler’s Wapping, is all about the hectic activity of barges and lighters, as seen from The Angel

James Whistler’s tales of the riverbank at work

American painter James Whilster's Thames depictions are considered ahead of a new exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Great works: The Execution of Emperor Maximilian, 1867, by Édouard Manet

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A close-up of Bansky's beaver, a new artwork that a group of men are stopping people from seeing unless they pay up

Banksy’s lost his anonymity, and with it, his credibility

New Yorkers are charging  tourists $20 to view a new Banksy work - but the Bristolian street artist commoditised himself long ago anyway

A close-up of Bansky's beaver, a new artwork that a group of men are stopping people from seeing unless they pay up

New Yorkers charging tourists $20 to view new Banksy graffiti work

Banksy's beaver graffiti is adorable, but is it worth $20 and a mouthful of abuse from a group of men who have covered it up with cardboard?

Child abuse artist Graham Ovenden jailed for two years after 'unduly lenient' sentence is reviewed

The 70-year-old was found guilty of historic child abuse charges against young girls who posed for his artwork

Mark ‘Chopper’ Read has died: Australia’s most notorious criminal turned bestselling author loses long battle with liver cancer

Read wanted to be remembered ‘as someone who spun a great yarn’, his manager says

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry has attacked Damien Hirst's work as 'hackneyed' and 'tatty'

Grayson Perry: Damien Hirst's work is hackneyed and tatty

The Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry has attacked Damien Hirst’s work as “hackneyed” and “tatty”. The transvestite potter, 53, who will deliver the BBC Reith Lectures this month, said the “phenomenally successful” artist was playing “a good game”.

Andy Warhol's Vote McGovern, 1972

Art review: Andy Warhol - Pop, Power & Politics

A new exhibition at the Scottish Parliament brings together a freshly-curated cross-section of Warhol's supposedly political works

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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How books can defeat Isis

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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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