Summer reading for art historians


Are you suffering from a shortage of reading material now that classes have ended? Missing your art history text books, class readers and style manuals? No fear, there is plenty of art and art history related reading to be had this summer.

Here is a long list of fiction suggestions, pulled together from various sources:
Bellini Madonna by Elizabeth Lowry
Rendezvous in Venice by Philippe Beaussant
What I Loved: A Novel by Siri Hustvedt
Angelica’s Grotto: A Novel by Russell Hoban
Headlong by Michael Frayn
Tracy Chevalier’s Burning Bright and The Lady and the Unicorn
Dutch Kills [English ed.] , Bets and Scams: A Novel of the Art World by Gary Schwartz
Susan Vreeland’s Clara and Mr. Tiffany, Forest Lover (Woman artist Emily Carr), Girl in Hyacinth Blue (Vermeer), Luncheon of the Boating Party (Impressionists), and The Passion of Artemisia
What’s Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies
Circles & Squares by John Malcolm
The Inheritance by Simon Tolkein
Art of Deception by Elizabeth Ironside
Sarah Taylor’s Still as Death (features a woman art historian) and Judgment of the Grave (also about a woman art historian)
Color Blind, Jonathan Santlofer
The Beholder, Thomas Farber (featuring a woman art historian)

If you like mysteries:
Iain Pears’ The Bernini Bust, Death and Restoration, Giotto’s Hand, The Immaculate Deception, The Last Judgment, The Portrait, The Raphael Affair, and Titian Committee
Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
Amy Navaratil Ciccone, an art librarian at USC, has many suggestions for art mystery lovers in her article entitled “Art of Architectural Mysteries”.

If you prefer non-fiction, consider:
Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum by Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman and John Shiffman
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Sailsbury and Aly Suio

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