Spectacular underwater finds

It seems the stuff of myth. Cities lost under the sea, now revealing their buried treasure. But this isn’t Atlantis, and it is not myth. The Nile delta over the past twenty years has given up secrets that have lain buried for thousands of years. Cities that were written about in the ancient world are…

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Love letter to sex – Shunga at the BM

  Put sex in the title, slap on an age restriction and you’re sure to draw the crowds. That venerable institution, the British Museum, is offering the first comprehensive exhibition of Shunga art, called Shunga: Sex and pleasure in Japanese art (until 5 Jan 2014). It’s got London whispering about it in the most unlikely…

Faun uncovering a sleeping nude figure reclining on a bed; plate 27 of the Vollard Suite (VS 27). 12 June 1936, Etching and aquatint. Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973). Copyright of Succession Picasso/DACS 2011

Picasso’s passion revealed in Vollard prints

As something of a companion-piece to the Tate’s fabulous Picasso exhibition, the British Museum is showing the full collection of Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite (until 2 Sept), a series of 100 etchings the artist completed in the mid-1930s. It is one of only a few public institutions to possess the entire series, which became…