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Shardlake, Bridgerton season 3 and the new Raymond Briggs exhibition should all be on your radar this week. Disney/Liam Daniel/Neftlix/ Andrew Hasson /Alamy

Bridgerton is back and still frothy, but developing a more grown-up attitude – what you should see and read this week

Much to enjoy as Bridgerton returns, a Tudor murder mystery intrigues, the International Booker prize is imminent, the National Gallery is 200 and the genius of Raymond Briggs is on display.
The detail of the demon in Sir Joshua Reynolds’ painting The Death of Cardinal Beaufort was revealed after extensive cleaning. Petworth House / National Trust

Restorers uncover demon in a 1789 painting – and reveal the decline of superstition in the Age of Reason

The Enlightenment saw science and rational thought replace the religious superstitions of the previous century, and demons became metaphors for the human struggle between good and evil.
Vasily Kandinsky, Painting with white border, May 1913. Oil on canvas, 140.3 x 200.3 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, by gift, photo courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

Kandinsky at the Art Gallery of New South Wales: a precious gem of a show celebrating the transformative power of art

Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a pioneer of abstract art. His paintings have not aged and appear contemporary and relevant to us now.
Michael Zavros, Australia b.1974, Bad dad 2013. Oil on canvas, 110 x 150cm. Purchased 2016 with funds raised through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation Appeal. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. © Michael Zavros

Nothing is left to chance and every detail is carefully calculated: the hyperrealistic (and divisive) paintings of Michael Zavros

A new exhibition of the Australian artist’s work at QAGOMA is the first comprehensive survey of Michael Zavros in a state gallery.

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