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Art and power When Charles II returned to England to restore the monarchy, he used splendid works of art to reinforce his charisma and influence, as can be seen in an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery. Louise Cooling A passionate collector Christian Levett explains why he chooses to display ancient artworks alongside modern and contemporary pieces at his innovative museum in Mougins in the south of France. Michael Squire ’Art is the daughter of pleasure…’ The Capitoline Museums are celebrating the life and work of Johann Joachim Winckelmann, described as ‘the father of art history and modern archaeology’, who was born 300 years ago. Dalu Jones Order and chaos From 1750 to 1850, the art movements Neoclassicim and Romanticism reflected the social and political developments of both the Reason of the Enlightment and the upheaval of Revolution. Dominic Green Unveiling Nineveh From the ruins of war in Iraq, the Neo-Assyrian capital of Nineveh has risen again – thanks to an exhibition in Leiden, which tells the story of one of this great city of the ancient world. Geraldine Fabrikant Shakespeare and the Stoics The Bard often borrowed plots and devices from the literature of the past and many of his ideas about human behaviour and emotion came from a particular school of Classical philosophy. John Davie In Magna Graecia A journey in the footsteps of the Victorian novelist George Gissing leads back to an exploration of some of the fascinating, lesser-known ancient Greek sites and cities of southern Italy. Alexander Ekserdjian

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