Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee

New shows reveal how Picasso was inspired by the Old Masters

Plus, Chris Levine's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II; and a rise in political interference in museum leadership

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Felt banquet for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a feast for the eyes

Artist Lucy Sparrow will install her massive felt in picnic spread at Buckingham Palace, while Leo Villareal plans a more contemplative tribute

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Cornelia Parker, Isaac Julien and Chila Burman among UK arts figures awarded in Queen's Birthday Honours

Three cultural figures have been appointed Companions of Honour, the highest award, including the art critic Marina Warner

Move over Marina Abramovic: why Queen Elizabeth II is one of the greatest performance artists of all time

The British sovereign has made herself globally visible, using personal presence, coded symbolism, and the power of broadcasting, to uphold a constitutional monarchy in an era of unparalleled social change

Queen Elizabeth II: what really appeals to the Lowry-buying monarch who once said 'I have no taste'?

Over 70 years on the throne, the British sovereign has delegated matters of aesthetics either to her late husband or to her son and heir, Charles

A coded royal message: how the Queen has used clothes to send signals to the world

From a consciously inclusive Coronation dress in 1953 to a brooch that symbolised compassion for Covid victims in 2020, Queen Elizabeth II has used what she wears to be seen from afar and to make diplomatic and emotional statements

Six of the best news photographs from Queen Elizabeth II's life in the spotlight

From wartime princess in khaki green to widowed monarch in black, Elizabeth has become, through visual media, the most recognised figure in the world

The best artist portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, from Cecil Beaton's fairytale glitter to Jamie Reid's punk provocation

Depictions of the British sovereign, one of the most painted women in history, reflect the changing status of the monarchy over more than half a century

How Queen Elizabeth II opened the Royal Collection to the world of international loans and art history

Over seven decades in charge of one of the world's greatest art collections, the British sovereign has prioritised public access, conservation and inventorying

Eleven royally arty things to do in the UK over Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee weekend

From Sex Pistols album covers to a tower moat full of flowers, here are the best exhibitions, installations and events to check out over the long bank holiday