Luciano Garbati’s new work expresses a widespread decline in symbolic literacy

Works by Michelangelo, Velázquez, Rodin, Rothko and Mondrian have all been vandalised for reasons of mental instability or political activism or both, informs Michael Prodger

Among the Trees, Hayward Gallery (until 31 October)

Practically all the artists in the book are traumatised in one way or another, and all experienced war

Raphael, as dedicated a lover as he was a painter, died at 37 at the height of his powers and fame, illustrates Michael Prodger

MacDonald Gill’s poster for the Empire Marketing Board helped promote a nation at the height of its powers

The National Gallery is putting women artists centre stage

A brilliant, ambitious volume of art history — but physically difficult to read

Any history of the 1960s that neglects mass culture is not to be taken entirely seriously

For art lovers, now is the perfect time to visit The Eternal City