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We may never know what the Mona Lisa is really smiling about, but we do know that there's much more to the masterpieces of Renaissance art than the beauty that meets the eye. This magnificently illustrated guide by our very own Richard Stemp gives you the key to unlock those secrets for yourself: The Secret Language of the Renaissance.

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Our Exhibition of the Month

If you are going to the South of France this summer, make time to visit the Musée Matisse to see this fantastic exhibition celebrating two masters of modern art. It runs from 23 June – 9 September. Brush up on Picasso and Matisse in our Modern Masters series...

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If you haven’t already…

It sent the art world crazy, and we can see why. If you haven’t already, we recommend watching the music video to “Apesh*t” by The Carters, which was filmed largely in the Louvre. The Parisian museum reportedly now has a 90-minute guided tour, taking you through 17 pieces of art depicted in the recent Beyoncé and Jay-Z video. See how many of the artworks you recognise.

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Love nature? Love Yoko Ono?

We love Yoko Ono’s work. Take a look at this tin, with the beanshoot inside: as the beanshoot grows, the word “love” appears on the bean itself. It’s exactly what we need in these troubled times. Get yours from the Serpentine Galleries.

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Art Wallpaper Floral
Your Living Room or the National Gallery?

Surface View has designed these stunning wall murals, featuring artworks from the National Gallery's collection to suit your taste, space and vision. We are welcoming Summer with this mural of a still-life by Jan Van Huysum.

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Who said you couldn't own a masterpiece for 67 pence?

To mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy, Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Fiona Rae and Yinka Shonibare, plus the painter-printmakers Barbara Rae and Norman Ackroyd, have been commissioned to create a set of special stamps. The only way to send your post, as of now.

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Bill Viola Studio, The Night Journey game,  London Art Studies
In search of the sublime?

The game begins in the centre of a mysterious landscape on which darkness is falling. There is no one path to take…

Bill Viola Studio and the USC Game Innovation Lab have launched “The Night Journey”; an award-winning art game available worldwide on Windows PC and Mac and via the PlayStation®Store in the US. It won an award for production the “Most Sublime Experience”. Have a look here.

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Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

— Edgar Degas
Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary

There’s been much talk lately of the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary, but what few people realise is that the very idea for the Royal Academy came to its founders during a drunken discussion in the pub one night. So it seems particularly fitting that artist Luke Edward Hall was able to go through the RA archives of past recipe cards and dinner party menus to create a series of glassware, kitchen ware and stationery with which to commemorate the RA this year. Take a look.

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Are you planning on making a "splash" on your holidays this summer?

Then we have a packing essential for you. Tate are selling David Hockney Bigger Splash beach towels, and we think they are just brilliant. They are exclusive to Tate, so we'd recommend getting yours quickly!

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Art Oracles: Creative & Life Inspiration from the Great Artists
What would Frida Kahlo do?

We're intrigued by these "Art Oracle" cards, which can help ease your creative block or help you make a difficult life decision. Simply select an artist's card from the pack, follow the oracles’ advice on life or work and any obstacle should magically fade away...

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