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Botticelli to Van Gogh: from luminous, lyrical beauty to the spoils of empire

In London, Covid-19 has closed the British National Gallery. Meanwhile in Canberra, Australia’s National Gallery has opened its doors to an elegant selection of works from Britain’s collection.

The two events are not connected, but they do signal how times have changed.

  • Joanna Mendelssohn
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Since 1963, when the Mona Lisa was sent to Washington, asset …

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