You'd expect woodcuts to be quite dry, with the images rigid and lacking in artistic expression but not at all. The technical expertise in the 150 prints the RA has brought together is such that there is great detail in these prints with bodies outlined in curving sculpting lines, and cross-hatchings used for shadow.
As you weave between the blooming orange trees, which beguilingly give out an aroma of comforting honey in the spring, in the garden of the grand but homely house of the late great poet and author Robert Graves, you feel he'd achieved what every artist craves - an inspiring base, studio or home where you can create.
When you're thinking of a stylish UK city for a weekend away, I can guarantee that Dundee is not one that would pop into your head. Until I spent a weekend there earlier this month, words I would have used to describe this Scottish city is are dreary, run-down and boring.
Oliver began by creating a dramatic entrance, almost literally. You enter Fera via an arched veneer door into an area that was until recently an old electricity cupboard. A red curtain greets you as if you're backstage at the theatre. A swoosh and there is the Maitre D to welcome you.
As one of the oldest arts, opera has an air of magic but gravity too. But that doesn't mean it is for a stuffy, serious audience. Far from it and Phyllida Lloyd's production of La Bohème for Opera North is, if anything, wonderfully contemporary, punchy and oozing with youthful optimism, tragedy and of course, romance.
The great wonder of the British Library is that our vaults hold not only original literary texts, but the contextual materials that help today's readers place those works in the moment of their writing, and track responses to them over the years.
The Testament of Mary is quite something. Dramatic, moving and beautifully acted by Fiona Shaw, it is unequivocally one of the best shows in town right now.
Open studios are nothing new to arts festivals but this year's Dulwich Festival also includes Artists' Open Houses. As the many house programs on all TV stations prove, we are a country of home voyeurs.
Tahnee Lonsdale is a painter with a fearless approach to colour. They tell stories of life with its ups and downs, of success, but ultimately they are about the fragility that makes us humans. A search unravels in each painting.
Earls Court, London, 1992; Photo: Larry Jaffee "Sometimes it seemed that every fan in Britain had launched a fanzine..." --David Kinney, The Dylano...
The success of Mosse's work exposes the shortcomings of other war photography and documentary photography today: much of it fails to overcome the widespread desensitisation of the viewing public. His undulating vermillion landscapes and conspicuous magenta figures are not rose-tinted depictions, so to speak: they do not make light of the grave situation.
Back in the 18th Century, spurred on by the term she'd inspired, the nymph had found fame. In 1784, Joshua Reynolds, the president of the Royal Academy, painted the provocative A Nymph and Cupid. Its reproductions sold widely - particularly to women...
For a 20 week limited run, The Pajama Game moves into London's West End, and boy is it a welcome visitor. With theatreland have a tricky time, and new shows not fairing so well, it's time to send in a classic to reignite what the West End is all about.
Just in case getting to wander around Europe's most spectacular museums and galleries after dark left you feeling a bit 'so what', The European Night of the Museum has the added sweetener of Free Entry to absolutely everything - it can cost up to €32 for a couple to visit The Louvre any other time.
Microcosm is primarily focused on our anti-hero Alex, whose steady capitulation is not dissimilar to a modern day Othello. And indeed the Policeman, played by Christopher Brandon, serves as a kind of unknowing, kind hearted, Iago whose lack of constructive advice only serves to fan the flames of Alex's mania.
London life can often be relentless and gruelling. Hot tubes, fierce traffic and impatient commuters take their toll. But you don't have to travel as far as you might think to find a bit of unexpected tranquility amongst all the commotion. Ri