Blockbuster exhibitions, such as the recent one devoted to Veronese, grab the headlines, but the National Gallery in London’s more discreet Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting is a precious gem of a show.
The interactive map above, produced by the Guardian in 2013, shows how the global battle for women's suffrage was won.
Recently Anthony Stallard, 24, was fined for 'pretending to be a ghost… in a cemetery' in Portsmouth. It seems fair to assume that the witnesses, who reported a group 'engaging in rowdy behaviour and one of them throwing their arms in the air and saying "woooooo"', after an evening’s drinking, found the imitation more distasteful than terrifying. And it also seems reasonable to imagine that, had Stallard been alone, and cloaked in a white sheet for his imitation, few people would have been frightened by the sight. By contrast, throughout the 19th century, most people believed in ghosts. And when somebody decided to imitate one, a white sheet and some dark shadows were sometimes quite enough to frighten their victim to death.