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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

Cardinal Francesco Marchisano delivering an address in 2006 (AP)

Italian Cardinal Francesco Marchisano passed away on Sunday

Charles Uzzell-Edwards aka Pure Evil

Charles Uzzell-Edwards claims to be descended from seven saints

Mother Joanna Jamieson painting the mural at Buckfast Abbey Below: The mural and The Catholic Herald's cartoon

Mother Joanna Jamieson creates artwork that depicts the reconstruction of Abbey Church

Tom Roberts’s Allegro Con Brio: Bourke Street West (circa 1885-86)

Art review: Australia, Royal Academy

Despite some evocative landscapes, the latest RA blockbuster struggles to squeeze two centuries of art from an entire continent into an exhibition of 200 works