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Old 03-22-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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Do you have any favorite historical novels that feature a famous work of art or an artist? I have read, Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier and enjoyed it very much. I also enjoyed The Davinci Code by Dan Brown. Have you read or enjoyed any others?

I would love to find one based on The Arnolfini Marriage by Jan Van Eyck. It is one of my favorite portraits. I got to see it when I visited the National Gallery on a London trip in 2007. I think its story, or one based on it, would make a great novel. I have a nonfiction book about it, The Arnolfini Betrothal: Medival Marriage and the Enigma of Van Eyck's Double Portrait by Edwin Hall. It explains a lot of the symbols in the painting.


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Old 03-22-2009, 04:22 PM
 
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A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes. A mix of fiction and art theory. Fun read. Pick it up.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:18 AM
 
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If you liked Girl with a Pearl Earring, you'll probably like Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland as much as I did. It is a collection of eight interrelated stories that chronical the history of ownership of a fictional Vermeer painting. Intriguing arrangement and historically fascinating.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:36 AM
 
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I like all the Tracy Chevalier books, and very much enjoyed Vreeland's The Girl in Hyacinth Blue as well, did not enjoy The Forest Lover quite as much but did read it, and I see now she has a famous Renoir as a centerpiece for her newest book: Luncheon of the Boating Party.
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:31 PM
 
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I like all the Tracy Chevalier books, and very much enjoyed Vreeland's The Girl in Hyacinth Blue as well, did not enjoy The Forest Lover quite as much but did read it, and I see now she has a famous Renoir as a centerpiece for her newest book: Luncheon of the Boating Party.
Oh, I forgot about Luncheon of the Boating Party - I enjoyed it as well. I must have flipped that book back and forth a thousand times looking at the faces and placement of each model as Vreeland described the development of the painting and the relationships of the models and Renoir. Good suggestion.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes. A mix of fiction and art theory. Fun read. Pick it up.

I just picked it up today. Thanks!
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Old 03-24-2009, 04:25 PM
 
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I just picked it up today. Thanks!
Wonderful. I know I haven't misled you into an unsatisfying experience, but do let me know whether or not you enjoyed it. I thought the book was a whole lot of fun and captured me from the first chapter. It's kind of like a very soberly constructed Monty Python movie.
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