Party in Pompeii, Da Vinci drawings and the Bauhaus for ever – the week in art

Exhibition of the week

David Batchelor
This fine artist of colour celebrates the centenary of the Bauhaus in his own idiosyncratic way.
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, 25 July to 25 August.

Also showing

Stories for An Uncertain World
New commissions for the Edinburgh art festival include a film by Rosalind Nashashibi, political wallpaper by Nathan Coley and a public intervention by Alfredo Jaar.
Various venues, Edinburgh, 25 July to 25 August.

Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness, 2014, by Alfredo Jaar.

Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness, 2014, by Alfredo Jaar. Photograph: courtesy of the artist

Last Supper in Pompeii
This eerie journey to Pompeii on the eve of destruction reveals what people ate and drank in the city’s last hours.
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 25 July to 12 January.

Grayson Perry
Tapestries in which Perry tells the story of a character named Julie Cope are examined as craft as well as art.
Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, 25 July to 2 November.

Leonardo da Vinci
Don’t miss the most beautiful and profound works of art in Britain, and arguably the world.
Queen’s Gallery, London, until 13 October.

Masterpiece of the week

Detail of A Woman in Bed, circa 1647, by Rembrandt.

Photograph: Antonia Reeve/National Galleries of Scotland

A Woman in Bed (detail), circa 1647, by Rembrandt
This painting of a woman pulling back the red curtain of her bed and looking out at – who? The artist? – is not so much an erotic scene as a sensitive study of vulnerability. Rembrandt focuses on the intimacy and mystery of the moment, as she waits for her companion. She is alone even as she greets her visitor. Her nakedness is emotional as well as fleshly. This is an anxious, unnerving depiction of the self as it is exposed to the tender mercies of the night.
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.

Image of the week

Buzz Aldrin on the moon, 20 July 1969, by Neil Armstrong

Photograph: Nasa

Buzz Aldrin on the moon, 20 July 1969, by Neil Armstrong
Were the Apollo astronauts the most influential photographers ever? The celebrated “moonrise” picture by Apollo 8’s Bill Anders is credited with kicking off the modern environmental movement. While Neil Armstrong’s 70mm photo of Buzz Aldrin – 50 years old this week – took the imaginations of all humankind, adults and children, to another plane. Read the full story.

What we learned

The Stirling prize contenders were announced …

… and we visit its first council-housing contender, in Norwich

Ghana’s Ibrahim Mahama talked about his ghostly Manchester installation

Helene Schjerfbeck’s Nordic noir is a tough watch

Banksy turns out to be Britons’ favourite painter of all time

Evangelia Kranioti documents a world of lost souls

If you want to find rare Roman artefacts, paddle your canoe

London’s “Tulip tower” plan came tumbling down …

… while past architectural treasures are slowly rotting

Loadsamoney! Our economics editor invests in the Bank of England’s anniversary show

The British Museum will trace Islam’s impact on western art …

… while America’s railroad was built with Chinese muscle

Young artists are aiming to move Caribbean art “away from trauma”

Fashion designer Liam Hodges is going back to futurism

We set out to find the world’s most vertical city

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef may get an underwater gallery

Leo Villareal has lit up the Thames

Little-known British surrealist Ithell Colquhoun could get a boost from the Tate

April Dawn Alison takes a good look at herself

Zack Seckler has a wild time flying with the birds

A new exhibition examines how we see science

Queen Victoria made the monarchy feminist

London’s Charles Dickens Museum acquired the recently found portrait of the young writer

Photographers are exploring a different side of Beirut

Mitch Jones turns self-harm into an art in new show AutoCannibal

The LAPD raided its true crime archive

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