Donald Lee

Donald Lee is the Literary Editor of The Art Newspaper

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Michelangelo

Rothschild Bronzes definitely by Michelangelo, new book claims

Pair of nude males, acquired by the family in 1877, last sold at auction in 2002

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Exhibitions

Assyrian warrior king Ashurbanipal rides into London with treasures in tow

Exhibition at the British Museum includes carved ivories and a recreation of his huge library of cuneiform tablets

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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the erotic drawings of Klimt and Schiele at the Royal Academy to a last chance to see two hard-hitting shows by Mika Rottenberg and Hannah Perry

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From a “once in a lifetime” show of Henry Walpole's reunited treasures to a final chance to see a Michael Jackson thriller at the National Portrait Gallery

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'Prime minister of taste': Horace Walpole's collection reunited at Strawberry Hill

Exhibition in collector's former Thames-side home follows a successful (and ongoing) treasure hunt

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From the rise of the Colourists to refugees in Scottish art: the Fleming Collection at 50

Two exhibitions in Scotland celebrate the collection’s birthday

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From Waldmüller to Klimt: bouquets in abundance at Vienna's Belvedere

Exhibition looks at Austrian obsession with flower painting since the 18th century

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Crowd-magnet Vermeer borrowed for Alte Pinakothek’s curtain-raiser

Munich museum has undergone a four-year €12m renovation

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Three to see: London

Rodin takes on the Parthenon sculptures at the British Museum while James Cook sets sail for the British Library

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Rodin’s debt to Parthenon sculptures explored in British Museum exhibition

Eighty marble, bronze and plaster works by French artist are put in dialogue with ancient Greek art

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Obituaries

Turner Prize nominee Gillian Ayres dies, aged 88

Abstract artist and printmaker was made a Royal Academician in 1991, but she resigned temporarily in 1997

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How Delacroix went from lycée dropout to establishment favourite

Exhibition at the Musée du Louvre is first major survey of the painter’s work in more than 50 years

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Three to see: London

From Picasso's year of masterpieces at Tate Modern to his fellow Spaniard Murillo's portraits at the National Gallery

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Religion

Church of the Holy Sepulchre re-opened after three-day protest closure

Shrine was shut amid escalation of Israeli-Palestinian hostilities

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All the city's a stage: Munich celebrates Goethe's Faust with group show and festival

Exhibition commemorating German play includes works by Eugène Delacroix, Robert Mapplethorpe and Martin Scorsese

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Thomas Cole's Old World roots and art-world inspirations examined in transatlantic show

Exhibition on US painter opens at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art before travelling to London

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Fit for a king? What the British press is saying about the new Charles I exhibition

Royal Academy of Arts show has received near unanimous reviews

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Three to see in New York in 2018

Our pick of must-see shows opening in the coming year

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Appointments

Architectural historian appointed director of The Queen’s art collection

Tim Knox, currently director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, is a keen connoisseur of works of art

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Hail, Caesar, as Rome’s first 12 emperors return

Metropolitan Museum of Art reassembles 16th-century silver table ornaments for first time in two centuries

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Merrie Monarch’s collection goes on show at the Queen’s Gallery

Despite the dispersion of his executed father’s vast holdings, Charles II acquired a formidable set of works

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‘Everything refers to everything else’: Vienna exhibitions reveal impact of other artists on Raphael and Rubens

Concurrent surveys in Austrian capital also show how travel inspired the Old Masters

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Podcast episode five: what's the story behind the $100m Leonardo?

What will happen when the only painting in private hands by the Renaissance master heads to auction? Plus: the New Museum's big new show on gender, and our literary editor talks 18th-century princesses

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From slick and surreal photographs at the Serpentine to art in canal boats for the Art Licks Weekend

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Deh vieni, non tardar: opera for all at the V&A

London museum and Royal Opera House bring the elite musical form to the masses

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Three to see: London

From Rachel Whiteread’s mummified air to the burial rituals of the mysterious Scythians

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Scythians

Elusive Scythians brought to life through show of archaeological discoveries

British Museum exhibition organised with Hermitage traces history of a culture with no written records

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A long history of scholarship drives a survey of Raphael’s drawings

The Ashmolean Museum joins forces with the Albertina in Vienna for the show

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Royal Collection highlights the man who made Canaletto famous

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Naming names: on the Le Nain mystery at Louvre-Lens

An exhibition attempts to assign discrete attributions to the works of the brothers Le Nain

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Germany marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s Theses

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The man who wrote art history

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Visitor Figures 2016

Top ten Old Masters shows in 2016

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Sebastiano's debt to Michelangelo made clear in London show

The follower limps while the master strides through all six galleries in the National Gallery's latest exhibition

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Sebastiano and his mentor Michelangelo arrive in London

The National Gallery looks at the fruitful but doomed association between the two artists

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Old Master exhibitions not to miss in 2017

Coming to a museum near you: mentors, medals and monarchs… oh my!

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Obituaries

Lord Snowdon, photographer of British high society, dies aged 86

Princess Margaret's former husband worked for Vogue and his pictures were shown at the National Portrait Gallery