Exhibition of the week
A Taste for Impressionism: Modern French Art from Millet to Matisse
A newly discovered Van Gogh is among the highlights of this survey of Scotland’s love affair with impressionism and its legacy, along with Monets and Matisses galore.
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburghfrom 30 July to 13 November
This haunting photographer focuses her lens on the things we leave behind.
Stills Centre, Edinburghuntil 8 October
Young and Wild?Art in 1980s Germany: Punk, Painting & Prints
Germany’s 1980s neo-expressionist scene in all its riotous intensity, including Elvira Bach, Ina Barfuss and Georg Baselitz.
Ashmolean Museum, Oxfordfrom 30 July to 20 November
Houses Fit for People: Tessa Lynch
Prints that explore alternative models of housing and collaborative play.
Edinburgh Printmakersuntil September 18
George Shaw: The Local
This painter sucks you into his melancholy vision of modern Britain.
The Box, Plymouthuntil 4 September
Picture of the week
The Italian Magnum photographer Ferdinando Scianna has reached the end of a glorious six-decade career, but in a highly entertaining and insightful interview he gave us, he claims to think that only a tiny percentage of the pictures he took – including this one of shadow play in his Sicilian home town – were any good. Read the full interview here
What we learned
Italian Magnum photographer Ferdinando Scianna has reached the end of a glorious career
Damien Hirst plans to burn more than 5,000 of his paintings
An Australian artist is asking NZ$10,000 (£5,200) for a McDonald’s pickle flung on to a gallery ceiling
Avant garde feminist photography is going on show in France
A secret art society in Kherson is producing harrowing visions of life under Russian occupation
Artemisia Gentileschi’s Rome now exists in a thrilling virtual reality
Nina Katchadourian has recreated the incredible ordeal of a Scottish family adrift in a dinghy in the Pacific for 38 days
King Kong is making a comeback in Birmingham ahead of the Commonwealth Games
Nyaparu ‘William’ Gardiner’s stunning work captures the stockmen and landscape of his native Pilbara in Western Australia
Climate activists glued themselves to Botticelli’s Primavera
Arthur Lanyon’s new work sees the painter taking stock of major life events – his father’s death and his son’s birth
The site of a Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall has been rebuilt in wild color to mark its 1,900-year anniversary
The V&A honored the year’s best work in illustration
Masterpiece of the week
Christ Crowned with Thorns, workshop of DirkBouts c. 1470-75
Crystalline spheres of salt water hang on Christ’s face. The shocking reality of his tears from him is just one of the ways this painting sets out to harrow you with the most painful, pitiful, direct encounter it can create with the suffering of God’s incarnate son. His eyes of him are bloodshot with sorrow and suffering, their redness mirroring the dark blood pouring down his forehead as the crown of thorns cuts into him. Flemish painters discovered a raw eye for reality in the late middle ages that allowed them to create a work like this where matter-of-fact physical detail builds up to nightmarish intensity. Bouts, whose apprentices or assistants probably painted this in his style of him, takes this cocktail of the fantastic and real to a disturbing extreme in his masterpiece The Fall of the Damned. This little painting (43.8 x 37.1 cm) almost makes Christ himself look hellbound.
National Gallery, London
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