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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