Stuffed mermaids, baroque masterpieces and David Hockney at dawn – the week in art

Books gather treasures from Europe’s strangest collections and show what we’re missing at the National Gallery, and artists respond to George Floyd’s death – all in your weekly dispatch

Cabinets of Curiosities
With museums closed, a richly illustrated book of artistic wonders is the next best thing. This new extra-large volume is full of photographs of some of Europe’s most surreal collections. The cabinet of curiosities was a Renaissance ancestor of the modern museum that mingled natural and human rarities. Dive into a world of carved amber, magic coral and stuffed mermaids.
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