'Venus at the Forge of Vulcan', artist and date unknown, is on display at Abingdon Town Hall, Oxfordshire

Whodunnit? Canvass the art experts

Art history becomes a spectator sport on a new attribution website

Culture columns

A Lady Gaga wax figure at the unveiling at Madame Tussauds in Times Square in New York December 9, 2010. Eight replicas of the pop singer were unveiled today at different branches of Madame Tussauds wax museums across the globe . AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) ©Getty
The movement’s most valuable contribution was that it shattered ideas of what it is reasonable for an artist to do
I bet that Rubens, when he made his own copy of Titian’s great work, would have taken a photo if he could
Benjamin Grosvenor
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Benjamin Grosvenor; RPO; BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall/Royal Albert Hall, London

The young pianist shimmered and dazzled in a lunchtime Prom

'Two Cigarettes in the Dark'
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Two Cigarettes in the Dark, Palais Garnier, Paris

A mixed reception for Pina Bausch’s vintage piece of Tanztheater

In ‘The Look of Silence’, an Indonesian optometrist confronts torturers and death squad chiefs
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Venice Film Festival – first report

Art imitating art is the emerging theme at this year’s festival

Actors and puppets share the stage in 'Ubu and the Truth Commission'
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Ubu and the Truth Commission, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh Festival

An audacious updating of Alfred Jarry’s 1896 drama

Felicity Palmer as Clytemnestra in 'Elektra' at the BBC Proms
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Salome and Elektra, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

A hair-raising double bill celebrating Strauss’s 150th anniversary

'Les Revenants' ('The Returned')
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French TV on an upward spiral

The television drama makers who are breaking creative barriers

Charles Gaines's 'Numbers and Trees III, Shucks #11’ (1987)

Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

Gaines’s equations and rules produce surprisingly seductive images

Yannis Kokkos's production of 'Les Troyens' for the Mariinsky Opera. Photo: N. Razina

Les Troyens, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

The orchestral playing under Valery Gergiev is magnificent

Audrey Bonnet, right, in 'Yerma'
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Yerma, Théâtre 13, Paris

This 1934 drama makes an uneasy transition to the Paris stage