Wednesday, August 10, 2016

TBR Spotlight: Books About Art

I have been watching a series on Netflix called Raiders of the Lost Art which is a T.V. show about lost and stolen art and how it has been recovered. I have always been interested in art history and took an art history class a few years ago in college and loved it. Watching the show has reawakened my interest in the art world and art history so I have been itching to pick up the books on my TBR that involve art or the art world. Here's a few on my list! Also recommend you check out the T.V. show. 

The painting on the front of this one was actually just mentioned in an episode I watched about The Girl with the Pearl Earring as the book cover has drawn interest to the painting in a similar way that the book with the same title drew attention to Vermeer's painting. I have of course heard nothing but praise for Tart so I really need to get to her. 

I've heard good things about this one which was nominated for the Bailey's Prize and the art world element really intrigues me.  
I haven't read anything by Smith yet, but I have heard nothing but great reviews of her works. This one tells two stories, one of which is a story about a Renaissance artist.  

This is a nonfiction work about the team that recovered stolen and seized art after WWII. I have been fascinated with the saga of stolen art taken by Hitler and his officers during the War and would love to read more about it and the team that recovered these priceless works of art.  

What's your favorite novel that revolves around art of the art world? 


  1. Great post, Mallory! I really need to try some Donna Tartt and Ali Smith (and Tracy Chevalier, come to think of it!) - I have copies of How to Be Both, The Improbability of Love and Girl with a Pearl Earring, so I really should get to them soon. :) I also have Jessie Burton's The Muse and Sarah Dunant's The Birth of Venus on my shelves, which both feature the art world. The Monuments Men sounds really interesting, so thanks for the recommendation!

    1. Ah! I would love to read your reviews of all of those books! Monuments Men has been on my radar since the movie came out and I have loved hearing a little about them in this series!
      Thanks for stopping by!