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(detail; 1618), Peter Paul Rubens.

First Look: Rubens in Private

What better subject to show at Rubens’ family home than his family portraits?

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Qur’an leaf, 9th–10th century North Africa or Near East Gold Kufic script on blue vellum 28.3x38.3cm Sotheby’s London, Arts of the Islamic World (22 April) Estimate: £300,000–£400,000 Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7293 5000

Market Preview: April 2015

Susan Moore previews upcoming auctions in New York and Hong Kong

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The Kunstmuseum Bern.

Forum: Should the Kunstmuseum Bern have accepted the Gurlitt bequest?

Matthias Frehner and David Lewis discuss the problematic bequest

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Gateway in the palace of Ashurnasirpal II (r.883–859 BC) in the Assyrian city of Nimrud, showing winged bull guardian figures Photo: 1977. Heritage Images/ Vivienne Sharp

Letter: John Curtis on the cultural desecration of northern Iraq

John Curtis on the loss of Iraq’s unique cultural heritage

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Arrival of the Shepherdesses at the Wedding of Camacho 1730–45 Workshop of Peter van den Hecke (1680–1752) after Philippe de Hondt (1683–1741) Wool and silk, 13x555.2cm The Frick Collection, New York Photo: Michael Bodycomb

Diary: Charlotte Vignon welcomes Don Quixote to the Frick

Two impressive tapestries have been taken out of storage this Spring

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Detail of the lion hunt frieze from the palace of Ashurbanipal (668-631 BC) at Ninevah, now in the British Museum

Editor’s Letter: The cultural desecration of Iraq

As Iraq and its heritage suffer, we must seek out and celebrate the great Assyrian artefacts in our own museum collections

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Phyllida Barlow, 'Untitled: 3 Objects against a Wall' (2015)

Muse Reviews: 29 March

Moore at YSP; Salon du Dessin highlights; Basquiat in Ontario; a bigger and better Drawing Biennial; and Dryden Goodwin’s enigmatic film

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Upright Motive No.1 Glenkiln Cross Upright Motive No.2, Upright Motive No.7, 1955-56. Photo © Jonty Wilde_JJW9108

This Week’s Muse: 28 March

Museum of London to move to Smithfield; fresh perspectives on Henry Moore and Basquiat; spotlight on education in museums; Asian art at the Met

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A still from Frederick Wiseman’s film National Gallery (2014). Image: © Frederick Wiseman Courtesy Zipporah Films/Soda Pictures/Doc & Film

Inquiry: Learning Lessons

Can museum education programmes have a more radical purpose?

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Smithfield Market, London

The Museum of London is Good News for Smithfield Market

Move should improve the museum and protect Smithfield fabric

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