…and I’m here with some interesting book titles related to ART!

The following are fiction titles that are somehow related to art; some are older titles, while others are newer. Enjoy!


Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier. Timeless novel inspired by Vermeer’s painting with the same name. The novel focuses on Griet, a young girl who becomes Vermeer’s muse in this richly-detailed novel.


The Museby Jessie Burton

A new book came out recently by the author of the historical fiction The Miniaturist. Writer Jessie Burton’s new book is titled The Muse, and the story is about a mysterious painting by Isaac Robles found in a 1960s London art institute ; the plot of the mysterious painting unfolds throughout the novel, and the painting itself connects two women: one from the 1920s, and the other in the 1960s. It involves drama, romance and mystery. It has been garnering rave reviews.


Girl in Hyacinth Blue, by Susan Vreeland

In this novel, we return to the world of Vermeer, and it begins in the present-day when a professor showcases his secret painting that he swears that it’s a tru Vermeer, but the question is why was the painting hidden from the world? There begins the story about the painting going back from the present time to World War II and to Vermeer’s age in Amsterdam.


The Agony and the Ecstasy, by Irving Stone

This is one of the classic biographical novels about the life and art of Michelangelo. It devlves into his life and art work and his passions and how his life and experiences affected his art. One of the most buzzed-about books with rave reviews. This old classic should not be missed.


Other fiction titles:

Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant (Florentine Renaissance era)

I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis (Leonardo da Vinci, and his painting Mona Lisa)



The following are some titles that can entertain you after perusing the artworks at Artprize…

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, by Ross King

This book was just released on September 6th, so it’s brand new. Monet fans, like yours truly, will enjoy reading the real story behind the famous water lilly painting, and the true story of the artist himself: Claude Monet.


Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King

With this book we return to the Italian Renaissance, and to Michelangelo. In this book, the story is told about the Sistine Chapel, and who commissioned it, why, and how Michelangelo created this wondrous ceiling that is still enjoyed by millions today.


Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind by Charles Nicholl

This is a biography of the enigmatic genius Leonardo da Vinci, and his art work and inventions. The book provides black-and-white and color illustrations of da Vinci’s artwork and inventions. Worth a look!


The Medici Conspiracy: The Illicit Journey of Lotted Antiquities, From Italy’s Tomb Raiders to the World’s Greatest Museums by Peter Watson

This is a real-life whodunit book that will keep readers on their edge of their seats. This book covers the illicit antiquities trade, where precious artifacts are stolen at the behest of millionaires who want those artifacts for their own collections. If you like classical antiquity art and thrillers, you’ll enjoy this book.


Other nonfiction titles….

The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Brett Witter

Other links that you should check out…

Ross King is THE author of authors of books related to history of art. Here’s his link:

Ross King, Writer

Learn more about the continuing quest to recover stolen art during World War II, you can learn more about the continuing efforts, and possibly even donate/help:

The Monuments Men Foundation

Enjoy the books, and the art! Survey results are forthcoming but I need more responses! Here’s the link again so you can participate and share with your family and friends:

What Grand Rapids Reads Survey

Thank you!

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