PICTURE OF THE WEEK; EXHIBITIONS Works of Art in Public Collections in the Midlands

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Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) Head of a Man with a Turban (1650s). Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

This is one of five paintings now on loan to Birmingham from the collection of Sir Denis Mahon, which he plans to bequeath to various public galleries.

It fills a gap in Birmingham's important collection of 17th century Italian paintings, which did not previously include an example by this artist.

Salvator Rosa was widely admired and collected in England. His images of wild landscapes populated by brigands helped shape the taste for "picturesque" and romantic subjects in the 18th century.

Rosa, himself a wild and romantic figure, made his name in Rome and Naples, not only as a painter but also as a poet, actor and musician.

This painting belongs to a type known as testa di fantasia (imaginary head), and the turban-like headress is of a type he associated with philosophers or sages. Sir Denis Mahon says of the painting: "It is a bit unusual, but he did a lot of characteristic heads. This rather furious-looking character is probably a self-portrait. We know that he had a very large mirror, which was quite unusual at that time."

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 0121 303 2834:

The Science of Sport. Until Sep 12;Whistler: Friends and Foes. Whistler prints from the permanent collection, alongside others by contemporaries he inspired or infuriated. Until Aug 1; More Favourite Things. Exhibits selected by members of the public. Until Oct 24 (Mon-Thur, Sat 10am-5pm, Fri 10.30am-5pm, Sun 12.30pm-5pm).


MAC, Cannon Hill Park 0121 440 3838: The John Kobal Photographic Award Portrait Award 1998. Until July 18; Karen Hitchcock: Sacred Stone Photographs of Scotland. Until Aug 1; Making Weaves: the Basket Makers Art (daily 9am-11pm).


Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace 0121 248 0708: Primary. Clement Copper's photographic portraits of children in Birmingham, Manchester and Preston; Adam Chodzo. A Place for The End. New commission produced in collaboraton with Birmingham residents, plus The Internatonal God Look-Alike Contest and Reunion; Salo. From Weds until Aug 30 (Tue-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat, Sun 11am-5pm)


Helios Gallery, 25 Valentine Rd, Kings Heath 0121 444 1585: Paintings by Sheila Millward and Karen Austin. Until July 3 (Tue-Sat 9. …