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Fashion plates
 The design of suits of armour in the 14th and 15th centuries may have had some fancy detailing which made them look extremely impressive, but it also served to save the wearer’s life. Tobias Capwell Victorian classics
 Frederic, Lord Leighton’s popular painting, Flaming June, has returned home to London from Puerto Rico, to join four of his other late paintings at Leighton House Museum. Dominic Green Power and protection
 Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum throws light on superstition in the Islamic world with a fine show of stunning amulets, illuminated astrological charts and intriguing fortune-telling devices. Theresa Thompson Divine decadence?
 The birthplace of a mighty and innovative civilisation has had a bad press since its portrayal in the Bible as decadent and corrupt, but an exhibition 
at Louvre Lens puts it in an entirely different light. Polly Chiapetta East meets West
 Sparked by a chance find in a Brussels antique brocante, an American couple, Sam and Myrna Myers, built up a fine collection of rare and beautiful Eastern art, which is now on show in Montreal. Dalu Jones Written in stone
 Going on a search for mysterious rock art and ancient petroglyphs carved and pecked on boulders, scattered across the wild landscapes of the state of Utah, makes for a gratifying road trip. Carol Chamberland Classical forms
 Can neuroscience explain how features of local landscape influenced Greek and Roman architecture – and even dress? One civilisation preferred angles and straight lines; the other favoured rounded shapes. John Onians

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