The art of reading An illustrated history of books in paint

Jamie Camplin, 1947-

Book - 2018

"Revealing centuries of symbiosis between the visual and literary arts, The Art of Reading brings together works by the many great artists who took inspiration from the printed word"--Provided by publisher.

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Los Angeles, California : Getty Publications [2018]
Main Author
Jamie Camplin, 1947- (author)
Other Authors
Maria Ranauro (author)
Physical Description
256 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Preface
  • Part 1. Why Do Artists Love Books?
  • Chapter 1. How it All Began
  • Chapter 2. Who Invented 'the Artist'?
  • Chapter 3. Courtly Cultures and their Undercurrents
  • Chapter 4. 'People are Stuffed with Reading Matter'
  • Chapter 5. Books and the Painting of 'Modern Life'
  • Chapter 6. Things Hold Together
  • Part 2. Painting Is 'Like a Book ... Which Needs to Give Up Its Riches'
  • Gallery 1. The Word of God
  • Gallery 2. 'Book-Love' and the Home
  • Gallery 3. Perennial Pleasures in Multiple Locations
  • Gallery 4. 'All that Men Held Wise'
  • Notes
  • List of Illustrations
  • Index
Review by Library Journal Review

Literature and art seem to go hand in hand, but exactly how much? Coauthors Camplin (The Rise of the Plutocrats) and Ranauro (senior picture researcher, Thames & Hudson) explore the link between the two in this illustrated history of books, artists, and Western painting between the 15th and 20th centuries. They offer beautiful examples of art featuring readers and writers in various states and explain that with -Johannes Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, the relationship between artist and monograph was negatively altered but fortunately revived as the cultural significance of the printed word increased. Their ideas are neatly supported by images from artists ranging from Élisabeth Vigée LeBrun to Pablo Picasso. Brief chapters packed with information and picture captions provide even more detail. VERDICT Bridging the gap between book and art lover perfectly, this work presents relevant information with stunning paintings to satisfy experts of both fields.-Rebecca Kluberdanz, Central New York Lib. Resources Council © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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