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A detail from Boy with Bird (1992) by Eileen Cooper

It can be hard to see what the fuss about Eileen Cooper is all about

Vermeer’s The Wine Glass demonstrates his peculiar attention to detail

A book on Johannes Vermeer and Antoni van Leeuwenhoekr is a reminder of a time when theology, arts and science went hand in hand

Mac Conner’s illustration for Martha Gellhorn’s ‘The Good Husband’ (1955)

A retrospective of Mac Conner’s illustrations showcases his visionary talent

Douard and Marie-Louise Pailleron, painted by John Singer Sargent in 1881

Sargent, thankfully, is being taken seriously for the first time in 70 years

A detail from Monet's Poplars in the Sun (1891)

The National Gallery’s new show presents the Impressionists as bold heirs of Delacroix and Courbet

The Sistine Chapel (CNS)

Cardinal Angelo Comastri received the demand of €100,000 for the return of the Renaissance-era documents

A woman studies Malevich's revolutionary Black Square (Steve Parsons/PA Wire)

An unapologetically challenging show explores the influence of Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square

Frederick Wiseman’s film uncovers the inner workings of the National Gallery (CNS)

Frederick Wiseman’s new film about the National Gallery is reassuringly serious

Los Howl’d by William Blake, from A Small Book of Designs (1794)

William Blake emerges, not as a mad visionary, but as a fan of progressive Christianity in a new show at the Ashmolean

Visitors walk on the spiral staircase at the Vatican Museums (CNS)

A night to forget at Vatican Museums

Closed galleries and poor lighting make an evening trip to the Vatican Museums an uninspiring experience