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The designer brings her signature whimsy and a particularly English eccentricity to a countryside-inspired collection for Barbour. Rebecca Gonsalves meets the witty knitter

Vases and human bones lie in the family grave of Lisa Gherardini, in Florenceís Santissima Annunziata basilica

Researchers open Florence tomb in search for identity of the real Mona Lisa

Scientists hope to match DNA from a skeleton to reveal identity of woman thought to be Leonardo da Vinci's muse

Vincent Van Gogh's 'The Fields (Wheat Fields)'

Did Vincent van Gogh commit suicide or was Dutch painter killed by an acquaintance?

Research experts reject claim in biography that artist was murdered by 16-year-old schoolboy

John William Waterhouse's painting The Lady of Shalott, inspired by the Alfred Lord Tennyson came top in a nationwide poll by Art Everywhere.

Art Everywhere: Lady of Shalott voted nation's favourite artwork

A 19th century masterpiece by John William Waterhouse has been named as the UK's favourite artwork at the launch of what is said to be the world's largest art show.

Artist Damien Hirst poses in front of his artwork entitled 'I am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds' in the Tate Modern art gallery

Damien Hirst artworks now on sale at Amazon

Art lovers with a six-figure sum to spare can now buy a Damien Hirst original on Amazon.

Is it art? Museum sets up live video feed of Andy Warhol grave

The fascination for Andy Warhol still continues long after his death with his works fetching millions of dollars. But just as his prints left many contemporary critics frothing about their merits, a scheme allowing fans to watch his grave day and night could now be met with the same question: is it art?

Don't touch the exhibits! American tourist accidentally snaps finger off priceless 600-year-old statue in Florence

The unnamed man was reportedly trying to measure the 14th century sculpture's finger

Peter Doig’s Lapeyrouse Wall

Charles Darwent on Edinburgh Art Festival - Three's company, one's a crowd

A trio of big hitters defy a co-operative festival theme with exhibitions that are individual and rewarding

'Your country needs you': The myth of the most iconic World War I emblem

The picture of Lord Kitchener has long been regarded as the poster that encouraged young men to join the army, but this may just be a popular myth

Great works: The Assumption (1516-18) by Titian

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice

Natalie Rae Hynde superglued to partner Simon Medhurst at the anti-fracking protest at the Cuadrilla fracking site in Balcombe, Sussex.

Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies' daughter Natalie arrested after gluing herself to boyfriend during fracking protest

Natalie Hynde, the daughter of The Pretenders’ singer Chrissie Hynde and The Kinks’ Ray Davies has been arrested after apparently gluing her hands to her boyfriend during a protest against fracking.

Mark Johnston: The trainer could augment his fine record at Goodwood with Oriental Fox

Garswood primed for glory at Goodwood

Frankel himself struggled to preserve the dignity of Glorious Goodwood last year, when obliged to compete with the London Olympics. Today the  fixture’s claims as the most charming ritual of the British Turf are threatened with dilution only by the weather forecast, which has rather too equivocal a look for the liking of either punters or aesthetes. The latter most cherish the swaying backdrop of cornfields and woodland when bathed in sunlight; while the former have more practical distaste for rain clouds.

No Ball Games: Removing Banksy’s work from the street defeats the point

The nature of murals and wall sculptures ordinarily meant that the work of art was forever tied to its original location

Andreas Schager and Nina Stemme in a performance of Wagner's Götterdammerung, Daniel Barenboim, Berlin Staatskapelle

Classical review: Prom 20, Götterdämmerung, Daniel Barenboim, Berlin Staatskapelle

The Proms may never be the same again after the extraordinary heights achieved by the concert performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle on almost consecutive nights last week as the composer intended.

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Spoof sculpture trail in West Yorkshire proves a hit

Leaflet promoting imaginary 'Colne Valley Sculpture Trail' showcases abandoned bath in field and collapsed wall

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