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Sex, sex, sex, burglars and George Clooney – the week in art

February 15, 2014

Jonathan Jones, theguardian.com



Exhibition of the week

Strange Beauty: Masters of the German RenaissanceThe art of the German Renaissance is full of witches, werewolves and supermodels. Lucas Cranach the Elder painted nudes with a lanky, bony beauty the Renaissance's answer to heroin chic. He makes Venus look truly sinful. Cranach was Martin Luther's best man, and responsible for burning several supposed witches so his infatuation with dangerous desire has a dark side. He and his contemporaries mix medieval folklore with the new classical ideas coming out of Italy to create bizarrely compelling masterpieces. This ought to be fascinating. National Gallery, London WC2N, from 19 February until 11 May.

Other exhibitions this week

Germany DividedGerman art exploded back into life during the cold war and as this exhibition shows, Georg Baselitz and his generation admired and revived the printmaking tradition that goes back to the Renaissance. British Museum, London WC1B, until 31 August.

Joana VasconcelosThis provocative Portuguese installationist is let loose in Manchester after recently staging a controversial show at no less a venue than Versailles: she was banned from exhibiting a candelabra made of tampons as part of a feminist homage to Marie Antoinette. Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester M2, from 15 February until 1 June.

Helen Frankenthaler and JMW TurnerThe abstract expressionist movement to which Frankenthaler belonged admired Britain's great and abstract? Romantic artist. This is an encounter between two mighty painters. Turner Contemporary, Margate CT9, until 11 May.

Court and CraftAn exquisite handbag made in medieval Iraq is the centrepiece of the Courtauld's first ever exhibition of Islamic art. Courtauld Gallery, London WC2R, from 20 February until 18 May.

Masterpiece of the week

Albrecht DÜrer Rhinoceros (1515)Albrecht Durer's woodcut of a rare and novel beast is a magnificent product of the curious, questioning Renaissance mind. British Museum, London WC1B.

Image of the weekWhat we learned this week

What the 10 sexiest artworks of all time are

The naked truth about the history of nudes in art

That Richard Rogers's flatpack homes for homeless people look exactly like a Monopoly hotel

That George Clooney's on an art rampage first he wanted the Parthenon marbles to return to Greece and now he's called for the Mona Lisa to be returned to Italy

That Francis Bacon's portrait of the guy who burgled his house has sold for 10 times what it went for 14 years ago

That Richard Hamilton's mega Tate Modern exhibition is a true 20th-century variety show

That roving street photographers from Afghanistan have managed to capture a whole nation

An A-Z of incredible hulks

Why Russia should ban Michelangelo and Caravaggio's gay 'propaganda'

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