Exhibition of the week: Shakespeare: Staging the World
Popular theatre was Britain’s most spectacular contribution to the cultural movement called the Renaissance. For Shakespeare and his rival Christopher Marlowe, the culture of Italy where the Renaissance was centred was the definition of modernity. Shakepeare for instance made the name of the dangerous Renaissance thinker Machiavelli famous in Britain. This exhibition is not just for theatre fans, but for anyone interested in the birth of modern culture.
• British Museum, London WC1 until 25 November
Other exhibitions this week
Interaction is the action in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.
• Tate Modern, London SE1, until 28 October
Masterpiece of the week
Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers, 1888
Summer blazes so hot in this painting it hurts. Van Gogh’s north European eyes are aflame as he settles into a new home in Provence. When Van Gogh, after a difficult struggle to learn art as an adult, went to live in Arles he started to turn his home there into a community for artists and painted this heady work to decorate it. The yellows are invincible, joyous and unbearably intense.
• National Gallery, London WC2
Image of the week
What we learned this week
And finally …
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