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Art Emma Crichton-Miller

Mantegna and Bellini

National Gallery, 1st October to 27th January

In 1453 a prodigiously talented young painter from Padua, Andrea Mantegna, married into the renowned Bellini family of painters, from Venice. Thus began an intense creative dialogue between the Paduan and his gifted brother-in-law, Giovanni Bellini. Bellini was a pioneer in the expressive conjuring of closely observed landscape in sacred painting while Mantegna drew on classical models for his eerily beautiful compositions. Visitors here can trace how their admiration and rivalry transformed Venetian painting.

Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde

Barbican Art Gallery, 10th October to 27th January

This thought-provoking show looks at the creative outputs of over 40 artistic couples. It pinpoints the intimacy and inspiration that spawned modernism, taking in continental couples like Dora Maar and Pablo Picasso, Lee Miller and Man Ray, Varvara Stepanova and Alexander Rodchenko, and British partnerships like Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson—as well as the hookings-up of the Bloomsbury group. Also here is Tamara de Lempicka’s 1923 Les deux amies (above).

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In Prospect’s October issue: Rafael Behr argues that politics has been poisoned by Twitter—the platform often drives the political news agenda, encourages people to descend deeper and deeper into echo chambers and sees MPs and their families regularly abused. Meanwhile, former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger explains how Oxford picks its students and says that more needs to be done for the colleges to be more inclusive. Also, Jasmin Mujanovic outlines how Bosnia’s elections this month could tip the country back into conflict. Elsewhere in the issue: Alex Dean highlights the alarming decline in the number of students studying a foreign language at GCSE and beyond. Will Self reviews a series of new books about liberalism, arguing that “we need more than just social freedoms and the free market.” Aimee Cliff charts the story of the dying dream that London would be a 24-hour city.