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  • 21 March 2014

Public honours veteran in National Portrait Gallery commission, mystery Constable is disputed and the National Gallery celebrates Veronese – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Paolo Veronese, The Martyrdom of Saint George, about 1565 © Courtesy of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Storici e Artistici ed Etnoantropolici per Verona, Rovigo e Vicenza

Veteran honoured at National Portrait Gallery

A near-lifesize portrait of the Falklands veteran Simon Weston has been put on display at the National Portrait Gallery, after viewers of the One Show voted him the person most deserving of being portrayed in the collection. The Guardian reports that The People's Portrait, to be broadcast on the BBC in April, will follow the creation of the work by Nicky Philipps. According to The Times Fiona Bruce, who unveiled the portrait, has called for a change in attitudes to people with disfigurements in Britain.

The National Gallery celebrates the master of Veronese

The new exhibition Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice at the National Gallery displays the wonders of this Italian master, with 500 works on display. The Times’s Rachel Campbell-Johnston gives the exhibition five stars, calling Veronese the ‘most sumptuously grandiose, most opulently inventive, most sophisticatedly decorative of Renaissance masters’.

Expert slips up over Constable

A painting identified on the BBC programme Fake or Fortune as a lost Constable depicts boats not seen in British waters until almost a century after the artist’s death, experts say. Dan Houston, editor of Classic Boat magazine, told the Mail on Sunday: ‘I don’t think that Constable was blessed with exceptional foresight.’ He has identified some of the boats depicted as dating from the 1920s, more than 80 years after Constable died in 1837.

Piper’s vision of Wales enters the national collection

Several of John Piper’s artworks have been acquired for Wales’s national art collection, thanks to the support of the Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Derek Williams Trust. Speaking to the BBC, director general of National Museum Wales David Anderson said: ‘The success of the exhibition of works by John Piper in 2012 confirmed to us how popular the artist is to the people of Wales, and therefore how important it is to add to the representation of his work in the national collection.’

And finally…

Photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin have created a series of charming national maps using all things edible. The Independent reports that the pair took products that each of their locations are well-known for and, using those ingredients in various forms, turned them into metre-wide physical maps.