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Sicily: Culture and Conquest

British Museum, 21st April to 14th August

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, has always been a prize. If today it is a beacon for migrants, in the past it was a crossing point of civilisations, and, for 200 years under Norman kings, the epicentre of a Mediterranean superpower. Here the British Museum explores the island’s outstanding architectural and artistic legacy, focusing on two especially fertile periods— after the arrival of the Greeks, in 735BC, and after the Norman conquest of Sicily in 1061. Loans from Sicily include a brightly painted terracotta altar, adorned with fertility goddesses, from circa 500BC and a rare, sleek marble sculpture of a warrior from Akragas, modern Agrigento, dated 470BC. A 12thcentury Byzantine-style mosaic reflects the rich synthesis of Norman-Catholic, Byzantine-Orthodox and Arab-Islamic cultures encouraged by the enlightened Roger II, King of Sicily between 1130 and 1154. One highlight is a 14th-century copy of the world map he commissioned from the Arab cartographer and geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi.

Alberto Giacometti: A Line through Time

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 23rd April to 29th August

To mark the 50th anniversary of Giacometti’s death, the Sainsbury Centre is mounting an extensive exhibition. The show traces a line of influence from ancient art through the extraordinary sculpture, painting and drawing Giacometti produced in post-war Paris, to his profound impact on British postwar art. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury were patrons and friends of the artist and their own collections of Ancient Egyptian, Cycladic and West African sculpture provide a rich supporting context.

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In Prospect’s April issue: Sam Tanenhaus profiles Donald Trump, the leading candidate for the Republican Party Presidential nomination and asks if Trump makes it to the Oval Office, what would he do? Stephen Glover, examines what is happening at the Guardian as the newspaper looks to cut costs. Ferdinand Mount says Tony Blair transformed Britain but he should have cared more about the Labour Party. Also in this issue: Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI5, says that Brexit would not damage the UK’s security and Christopher de Bellaigue questions whether France’s clampdown on radicals is having the right effect. Plus Miranda France looks at the legacy of Don Quixote and the Duel asks: “Should the Church of England be disestablished”?