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Deputy Chairman of Christie's Noel Annesley unveils a rare drawing by Michelangelo. 
'Study for the Risen Christ'  (PA)

The statue is coming to the National Gallery next year – it is a chance to correct a misperception about the Church

Goya asked to be buried wearing a Franciscan habit

What Goya really thought of the Church

The Spanish artist, subject of a major exhibition at the National Gallery, both celebrated and satirised Catholicism. Was he the most hypocritical artist who ever lived?

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

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.