Literature

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Art market

Portrait commissioned by Charles Dickens, unseen for a century, goes on sale at Sotheby's London

The artist William Powell Frith 'almost collapsed' at the honour of being commissioned by the famous writer to paint his heroine Kate Nickleby

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Exhibitions

From blasphemer to bookworm: Paris show reframes Francis Bacon's later works

Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou focuses on the artist’s post-pope period, which has received less critical examination

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Books

The scientific brotherhood: Pre-Raphaelite art put under the microscope

The Victorian artist group explored the connections between art and scientific observation to enhance art’s moral purpose

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Books

Close study of fashions in medieval manuscripts is key to understanding interactions of literature and dress

Book of illuminations show various fashions that shed light on literary styles

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Books

Thomas Kabdebo's "Tracking Giorgione" reviewed

The author is hindered by his own technique

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Asian art

Gao Xingjian won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2000 but he has also revived abstract painting though his Eastern sensibility and technique

“We exist in a state of barbarity, where art is on the point of not loving art”