The Great Fire of London, punk at 40 and a golden rhino – the week in art

Exhibition of the week

Fire! Fire!
An epochal event that marks the birth of modern Britain as Christopher Wren rebuilt the capital in its wake is explored in this family-friendly survey of the Great Fire of London. Find out how the Monument to the fire's outbreak doubles up as a telescope, among other gems in the ashes of history.
Museum of London, London, until April 2017.

Also showing

Painter's Paintings
Last few weeks of this exhilerating encounter with great art and what it means to great artists, from the Cézanne owned by both Degas and Jasper Johns, to the Picassos that Picasso gave to Matisse.
National Gallery, London, until 4 September.

Punk 1976-78
Punk is an academic subject now and, 40 years on, its archives are on display at the British Library. Ever get the feeling you've been catalogued?
British Library, London, until 2 October.

Inspiring Impressionism
Step back from the rush of the Edinburgh festival and chill among the landscapes of Daubigny, Monet and Van Gogh.
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, until 2 October.

Celts
If you want to enter a twilit Gaelic dream world, there's no better way than to visit this extraordinarily seductive exhibition. Prehistoric Scotland – and Europe – is revealed as place of magic and beauty.
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, until 26 September.

Masterpiece of the week

A Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, by Jan Vermeer (1670-1672). Photograph: VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images

Rich surfaces – the painted case of a keyboard instrument, a blue shimmering skirt, a picture on the wall – interact in an almost abstract play of colour in this precociously modern meditation on desire, solitude and the silent music that is art.
National Gallery, London.

Image of the week

Home (2010), by Edmund Clark. Photograph: Edmund Clark/Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York

"This is a house in Kuwait," says Edmund Clark of his image, part of an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London. "It belongs to the brother of an ex-Guantánamo Bay detainee. The architecture of the room struck me as incredibly confining." Read more about the photographer's Guantánamo series in this week's My Best Shot.

What we learned

Grayson Perry and Gillian Wearing went back to art school to meet a new generation of stars ... and reflect on their own college days

Mark Wallinger has turned the Freud Museum upside down

South Africa's golden rhino is the star of a new British Museum show

A US court is to decide the authenticity of a disputed Peter Doig work

A flaming success? Let's assess Rio's Olympic architecture and design

We preview Rem, Tomas Koolhaas's film about his famous father

Architect Glenn Murcutt opens up about his new Melbourne mosque

A Little Life author Hanya Yanagihia is curating photography now

Aesthetic meets gastric in the sculptures of Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva

Greenwich is asking for help to clear the grime from its Painted Hall

A gas-lit cinema in Leeds is one of the latest lottery beneficiaries

A Joshua Reynolds painting has been accepted in lieu of £4.7m tax

Collage artist Hormadz Narielwalla says becoming a UK citizen just before Brexit feels bittersweet

A pack of bronze wolves is hounding Berlin – in the name of racism

Hairy, horny and horrible – these are the scariest monsters in art

But enough of fauna. Appreciate Katie Scott's psychedelic flora

Masayoshi Matsumoto's creatures are the stuff of children's parties

Bill Clinton is not the only grownup going gaga for balloons

And finally, can Ed Balls surpass these pint-sized ballroom dancers?

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