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Jonathan Jones

A jester at the last supper? How Veronese became his era's Ai Weiwei

Called before the Inquisition to justify his jokey take on Christ's final meal, the great Italian painter was defiant. And thanks to a transcript, we have his pugnacious defence word for word Veronese was one of the greatest painters ever, as the Nationa

Veronese review - 'a carnivalesque appetite for all human life'

How can an art gallery do justice to a painter who specialised in decorating the walls and ceilings of palaces, and in painting epic banquets so big they dwarf the rooms they are in?

Renaissance Impressions review - poetic chiaroscuro woodcuts

Renaissance art is killed for many people by its textbook status. It has been at the apex of western culture for so long that it has been buried by scholarship.

Cezanne and the Modern review - 'puts Ashmolean in the big league'

The glistening colours of one of Paul Cézanne's greatest paintings absorb every brain cell that has anything to do with visual attention in a beautiful new exhibition at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum.

Vikings at the British Musem: great ship but where's the story?

It cuts through the air like a sword through flesh, relentless. The prow is as sharp as a shark's tooth.

Ruin Lust: 'A brilliant but bonkers exhibition'

This show of artists' obsessions with broken stones, Nazi bunkers and decaying castles is bold and clever.

David Bailey: Stardust - review

This is the photographic age. It took more than 150 years, but the camera is now universally accepted as a means of making art. So does that make star photographers the great artists of today?

Martin Creed: the artist whose gift grabs the audience

One of Martin Creed's works of art is not a sculpture or an installation but a little essay about the tiny Italian island of Alicudi, where he bought a house in 2002.

Why the Turner prize turns me off

Congratulations to Laure Prouvost on winning the 2013 Turner prize in Derry.

Missing in action: artworks presumed to have been destroyed in the war

Modernist works by Klimt and Van Gogh and masterpieces by Caravaggio are among the pieces that have long been assumed lost. But could the Munich hoard give hope for their survival?