Detail from Francis Bacon's Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne
©Tate/Estate of Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon and the old masters

A new show in Norwich pairs the painter with masterpieces from the Hermitage — and delights Jackie Wullschlager

The Life of a Song

Metallica’s juggernaut of a song was founded on an inspired, or possessed, moment of insomnia
Billy Paul ©Michael Putland/Getty Images
This supremely worldly 1973 song about adultery has been covered by artists such as Amy Winehouse

TV in black and white

Shows made by people from minority backgrounds gain visibility

Portrait of Shirin Neshat in her studio in New York
©Tim Knox

Interview: Iranian artist Shirin Neshat

In exile from her home country, the multimedia artist has shows in Washington and Baku

‘Study for a Mural’ (c1951-1953), by Louis Khan
©Courtesy of the estate of the artist

Architectural drawings at Hauser & Wirth

Vibrant sketches from the greatest names of the 20th century

Leonardo’s preparatory study for ‘Adoration of the Magi’ (1481)
©Uffizi, Florence

‘Leonardo: Drawing the World’, Milan

The exhibition reveals an artist riveted by how the world works

'Three Tales' video opera
©Gillean Denny

Three Tales, Imax Cinema, Science Museum, London

Steve Reich and Beryl Korot tackle hubris with ‘video opera’

Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

What drives the dance is its pact with the music

Russell Brand in 'The Emperor's New Clothes'

The Emperor’s New Clothes — film review

Russell Brand seeks to upbraid banking bosses

Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Avengers: Age of Ultron — film review

The superheroes embark on a quest to bring peace to the world

Morfydd Clark, centre, in 'The Falling'

The Falling — film review

Maxine Peake stars in a mystery drama about a 1969 girls’ school