- ISBN 9780500252253
- Categories Architecture, Architecture and Design, Art & Design, BX, BX BXOS, BXOS, New Arrivals OS, Non-Fiction
- Author(s) Jamie Camplin
- Publisher Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Weight 0.88 kg
What should you do at Christmas? In Edvard Munch's Christmas in the Brothel, the artist depicts himself sleeping off the effects of drink, but the Madame reads a book. What links Stalin and the artist Rosso Fiorentino? What was Gauguin hinting at when he painted a copy of Milton's Paradise Lost into a portrait of a friend? How did a chance meeting on Unter den Linden make the young owner of The Red Book famous? Was it true that no one ever saw Picasso with a book in his hand? And why were the Cumberland girls reading The Fashionable Lover in Romney's commissioned portrait? Thousands of fine paintings include books in their subject matter. This companionable survey first asks `what is a book?'; it explores the symbiotic relationship between the development of books and the emergence of our modern idea of the role of the artist; it parades and interprets the work of many of the greatest artists of the last five hundred years; and it explains how and why books became the single most ubiquitous feature of our cultural lives and, in large measure, of our everyday existence.