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A hotel to inspire Wanders lust

Brit art: In the Golden Days by John Strudwick

Move over Impressionism…the British are (finally) coming

France doesn’t have much time for British 19th century art, so the exhibition now on in Paris is a big risk

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A biography that reveals the yin and yang of Victorian moral life – and a literary friendship

Protesters at Balcombe, Sussex

First Balcombe resident arrested for fracking protest

The first resident of Balcombe to be arrested for protesting against fracking in the area is being held by police, protesters said.

Sunset at Montmajour by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is seen during a press conference at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Sunset at Montmajour critique: Nature is alive with motion in this magnificent Van Gogh failure

Work is almost religious in the fervour of its making

In the studio with Oscar Murillo, artist

'Most painters are terrified of painting as the same space where they are defecating'

The Lives of the Muses By Francine Prose. Union Books, £10.99

Muses have never had it easy. Stuck between the human and the transcedent for the (usually) male artists they inspire, and the object of intense envy, they cannot be too domestic nor put their own artistic ambitions first (Yoko Ono struggled with this while with John Lennon).

Shocking images depict Hindu goddesses as victims of abuse in domestic violence campaign

A hard-hitting campaign depicting Hindu goddesses as victims of domestic violence has been launched by a charity in India.

Six Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh

Important new discoveries about Van Gogh's 'unknown' Sunflower paintings revealed

An expert on Vincent van Gogh has tracked down two “unknown” Sunflowers, and has revealed an image of the work destroyed in the Second World War never seen outside Japan.

Alpine glaciers have receded significantly over the past century

Layers of soot from coal burning melted Alpine glaciers even in cooler climate of the 19th Century

Sooty air from coal burning triggered the initial melting of the mountain glaciers in the European Alps in the second half of the 19th Century when it caused the snow to turn grey and so reflect less sunlight back into space, scientists said.

Sony Computer Entertainment make the Playstation consoles

Unpaid intern who sued Sony awarded £4,600

The company had argued that Mr Jarvis was a volunteer so did not need to be paid

Assistant to the artist David Hockney died as a result of misadventure when he drank acid after taking a range of drugs and alcohol, a coroner has ruled

Dominic Elliott verdict: Coroner concludes that aide had not intended to kill himself when he drank acid at David Hockney's home

'Misadventure' recorded over death as police say two men arrested on suspicion of drugs offences remain on bail as inquiries continue

Sandycombe Lodge, the Twickenham Villa of J M W Turner RA, engraved by W B Cooke c1814, with later colouring

JMW Turner's country retreat to undergo £2m restoration

Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham is set to re-open in 2017

Putin says pants to painting: Artist flees Russia as portrait of President in women's underwear confiscated from art gallery

A picture of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in women's underwear has been confiscated from an art gallery in St Petersburg ahead of the G20 summit.

New museum in Pinner to celebrate work of artist and humorist William Heath Robinson

The museum, which will cost £1.6 million, is due to open in 2015 and will house 500 pieces of original artwork

Great works: Nymphs by a Fountain c.1650 by Peter Lely

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

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