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(1640–44), Francisco de Zurbarán’s (1598–1664) epic series of religious paintings, still hangs in the castle’s Long Dining Room.

Jonathan Ruffer’s grand plans for Auckland Castle

He’s saved the castle’s Zurbarán paintings; now he wants to transform the town into a hub for Spanish art

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Book Competition

Your chance to win ‘Van Gogh: The Birth of an Artist’, by Sjraar van Heugten

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(c. 1300–05), Giovanni da Rimini

Art Outlook

Tate Britain appoints its next director; Ai Weiwei denied a six-month visa by UK government; Paolozzi’s London Underground murals relocate to Edinburgh; and the National Gallery makes an unusual painting purchase

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Ai Weiwei shows the world his passport via Instagram

Ai Weiwei denied UK visa for a criminal conviction he does not have

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(2013–15), Alice Anderson, Chalie Chalosri, Alfonso Costilla Gamaza, Marta De Frutos, Anna Fafaliou, Virginie Herbert, Dionysia Kypraiou, Josue Lozano, Christina Makri, Daniela Piedrahita, Laurin von der Osten-Sacken, Sophie Wiltshire.

Wrapped in wire at the Wellcome Collection

See everyday objects enshrined in copper wire, and contribute to Alice Anderson’s latest work yourself

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Tate Britain appoints Alex Farquharson as new director

What should we expect from Tate Britain’s new director, and what does his appointment mean for the future of the Tate overall?

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Louis XIV by Robert Nanteuil after Nicolas Mignard, 1661

Louis XIV: a round-up of exhibitions

Louis XIV’s tercentenary commemorated in exhibitions around the world

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Woolf at the door:  Virginia Woolf (Lydia Leonard) shares a moment with Vanessa Bell (Phoebe Fox)

BBC Bloomsbury drama opts for safe sex

Life in Squares is not the intellectual romp that we were promised

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(1998), William Kentridge (b. 1955), charcoal on paper, 66x51cm

Black & White: Interview with William Kentridge

For the South African artist William Kentridge, everything begins with printmaking

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Coloured Vases (2006) by Ai Weiwei. Courtesy Ai Weiwei © Ai Weiwei

Gallery: Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy

Preview the works that will go on display at the Royal Academy this autumn

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