The rope-dangling restorers of Italy

 
 
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The acrobatic builders repairing Italy's domes and bridges
 
The acrobatic builders repairing Italy's domes and bridges
Rebecca Ann Hughes meets a troupe of nimble-footed technicians
 

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'Of all the outfits Diana wore, why pick one that looks so secretarial?'
 
'Of all the outfits Diana wore, why pick one that looks so secretarial?'
Rosalind Jana asks what a well-dressed statue should wear these days
 

 
Going to the doge's
 
Going to the doge's
Max Norman visits the Palazzo Grimani, once home to the most powerful man in Venice
 

 
In the studio with… Michael Landy
 
In the studio with… Michael Landy
Unsurprisingly, the artist who once destroyed all his possessions keeps a clutter-free studio
 

 
The artists who went for Olympic gold
 
The artists who went for Olympic gold
Harry Pearson on the noble but ill-fated effort to hold art competitions at the Olympics
 

 
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Sameer Rahim on 5,000 years of Iranian art at the V&A
 
Sameer Rahim on 5,000 years of Iranian art at the V&A
The exhibition is modest in scale (around 300 objects) but large in ambition. It takes us from the earliest surviving proto-Elamite objects, via the splendours of Sassanian metalware and glorious Safavid book illustrations, right up to post-revolution feminist photography. It is a whirlwind journey that non-experts may find slightly dizzying – especially as the information provided is sometimes scanty. Still, the curators have intelligently matched motifs that crop up across the millennia, lending artistic coherence to the story of a nation which, despite multiple upheavals, retains a strong sense of its own identity… Read the full article
 

 
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