Brazilian vis-à-vis

From the beaches of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, the megalopolis of São Paulo to Maceio, these photos illustrate the diversity of environments and people that can be found in Brazil

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Anoushka Kavanagh is impressed by the Renaissance master’s gift for story-telling and imaginative flare in the Ashmolean’s new exhibition

Democratic Art Republic

Queenie Li produces her version and vision for art, open to all and owned by all

Touch, tenderness, and technology in Cloud of Petals

Sarah Meyohas’ new exhibition embraces electronic form in its exploration of beauty, writes Eleanor Birdsall-Smith

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William Freeman is moved from scepticism to epiphany by this diverse exhibition

Nativity in art: Gaddi and Botticelli

Ewan Davis explores the depiction of the Nativity in 14th and 15th century art

Windy colours

Emma Leech recalls her encounter with Henry the homeless artist and his unexpected colour palette

‘Beautiful is good’ – Giovanna Bertazzonia on Christie’s

Altair Brandon-Salmon dives into the world of art auctions with Giovanna Bertazzonia, co-chair of Modern Art at Christie’s

Revolutionary artists: from creatives to criminals

Catherine Cibulskis reflects on the dramatic evolution of Russian art in the immediate aftermath of the revolution

Faces, forgotten and faded

Jonathan Egid visits Christ Church Picture Gallery’s disappointingly small Forgotten Faces exhibition

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