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The Great British Art Tour: the ugly duchess, warts and all

  With public art collections closed we are bringing the art to you, exploring highlights from across the country in partnership with Art UK. Today’s pick: Massys’s An Old Woman in the National Gallery, London This is one of the most arresting faces in the National Gallery’s collection. A protruding forehead, eyes set deep in their sockets, a pushed-up nose, wide nostrils, a hairy mole, a toothless mouth, a rumpled neck: the unmistakable features of the old woman known as “the Ugly Duchess” defy every conventional canon of beauty. Related: Solved: mystery of The Ugly Duchess - and the Da Vinci connection Continue reading... .. Full story on 

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