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People gather in Trafalgar Square to remember the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in France (PA)

The attack on Charlie Hebdo was iconoclastic in the traditional sense – an attack on makers of images

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

Even the National Gallery is deserted for the last 10 minutes before closing (Photo: PA)

Savour the silence of the Big Smoke

Being lonely in London is a rare thrill. Even the most famous places you can sometimes have to yourself

Mary I from a painting by Antonis Mor

Mary was a popular queen from whom Elizabeth I learned much

A detail from Anton Romako's The Artist's Nieces, Elisabeth and Maja (© Belvedere, Vienna)

The National’s exhibition of Viennese portraits offers a coherent narrative and striking cultural perspectives

The Stigmatisation of St Francis (1594-95)

The richness of their theology is lost on the curators, though

The National Gallery where the picture is currently being exhibited

Hamilton’s depiction of the Annunciation at the National Gallery tampers with traditional Christian iconography.

The Madonna of the Yarnwinder by Leonardo da Vinci, started in 1499

The divine illuminated through Leonardo

The National Gallery’s unique assembly of masterpieces may never be seen again

The Birth of the Virgin (about 1440) by the Master of the Osservanza

Altarpieces restored to full glory

The National Gallery’s groundbreaking exhibition displays altarpieces as more than just works of art