Art & Artists in Fiction
Works of fiction about art, paintings, artists, sculptors, painters,etc.
1 Girl With a Pearl Earring
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2 The Da Vinci Code (Robert L...
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3 The Birth of Venus
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4 The Picture of Dorian Gray
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5 The Lady and the Unicorn
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6 Girl in Hyacinth Blue
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7 The Agony and the Ecstasy
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8 Rebecca
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9 In the Company of the Court...
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10 The Passion of Artemisia
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11 Coyote in Provence (Coyote #2)
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12 The Virgin Blue
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13 Lust for Life
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14 A Portrait of the Artist as...
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15 The Swan Thieves
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16 Possession
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17 Loving Frank
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18 Luncheon of the Boating Party
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19 Cat's Eye
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20 My Name Is Asher Lev
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21 My Name is Red
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22 Clara and Mr. Tiffany
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23 To the Lighthouse
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24 The Forest Lover
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25 The Portrait of a Lady
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26 The Mermaid Chair
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27 The Moon and Sixpence
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28 I, Mona Lisa
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29 Angels & Demons (Robert Lan...
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30 Leonardo's Swans
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31 Tulip Fever
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32 The Painted Kiss
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33 The Flanders Panel
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34 Five Little Pigs (Hercule P...
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35 From the Mixed-Up Files of ...
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36 What's Bred in the Bone (Co...
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37 Sunflowers
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38 Burning Bright
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39 Life Studies: Stories
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40 The Goldfinch
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41 What I Loved
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42 The Blood of Flowers
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43 Headlong
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44 An Artist of the Floating W...
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45 Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art
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46 An Object of Beauty
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47 The Horse's Mouth
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48 The Lost Painting
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49 A Month in the Country
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50 The Art Forger
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51 Lydia Cassatt Reading the M...
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52 The Alchemist
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53 The Cornish Trilogy
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53 Narcissus and Goldmund
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55 Harold and the Purple Crayon
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56 Frida
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57 The Dream of Scipio
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58 After the Funeral (Hercule ...
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59 My Left Foot
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60 The Botticelli Secret
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61 My Cousin Rachel
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62 Dancing for Degas
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63 I Am Madame X
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64 Zoia's Gold
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65 Modigliani Scandal
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66 Frenchman's Creek
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67 Artemisia
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68 Five Red Herrings (Lord Pet...
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69 The Madonnas of Leningrad
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70 Hunting and Gathering
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71 Signora Da Vinci
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72 Jamaica Inn
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73 The Painted Girls
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74 Claude & Camille: A Novel o...
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75 The Unknown Masterpiece; an...
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76 The Andromeda Strain
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77 The House on the Strand
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78 Goya
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79 Catapult Soul
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80 In Search of Lost Time  (À ...
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81 Chasing Vermeer (Chasing Ve...
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82 The Immaculate Deception (J...
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83 The Jump Artist
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84 Diary
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85 Seek My Face
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86 Sepulchre (Languedoc, #2)
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87 The Portrait
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88 I am Rembrandt's Daughter
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89 Murder at the National Gall...
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90 The Children's Book
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91 The Gift of Asher Lev
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92 Portrait of an Unknown Woma...
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93 Life Class
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93 The Hare With Amber Eyes: A...
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95 Faking It (Dempseys #2)
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95 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
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97 The Club Dumas
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98 The Bernini Bust (Jonathan ...
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99 The Vivisector
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99 The Recognitions
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message 1: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn It's hard to believe The Lost Painting is non-fiction. It doesn't belong on this list, but what-the-hell. It's not a paper-chase, it's a ....a PAINT-chase, a fabulous true story. God Bless Captain Harr !


message 2: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I love art in books. It is so beautiful. I want to read all of the books on this list!


message 3: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Me, too, Lisa. I just said to my husband, so many books etc


message 4: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Katherine wrote: "Me, too, Lisa. I just said to my husband, so many books etc"

What is your favourite on the list Katherine? My top three are:
Girl with a Pearl Earring
The Madonnas of Lennigrad
The Swan Thieves


message 5: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hi Lisa, I, too, chose Girl with the Pearl Earring but have not read the others. I picked DaVinci Code, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Girl in Hyacinthe Blue. I wrote a little blurb with each choice. I'll have to check out your other two.


message 6: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Hi Katherine
I haven't read The Picture of Dorian Gray. I'll check out your blurb. I have read the others you recommended. It is always good to get recommendations from others with similar taste. Thank you very much Katherine.


message 7: by Cindy (new)

Cindy The Gardner Heist is non-fiction, not fiction.


message 8: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Joyce's PORTRAIT.... ?? Jessica, we need clarification here....surely you don't want books about LITERARY artists....big canna worms !


message 9: by Velvetink (new)

Velvetink This list alone is nearly a years worth of reading. ;0


message 10: by Normb4 (new)

Normb4 I love stories of paintings and artist - simply reading a history book is dull to me, but love the history and learning. To read in a story form is wonderful (Yes, I now the story part of it is fictitious, the passion and artistic reference is so real)


message 11: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Normb4 wrote: "I love stories of paintings and artist - simply reading a history book is dull to me, but love the history and learning. To read in a story form is wonderful (Yes, I now the story part of it is fic..."

You might like the crime novels of Daniel Silva. His detective, Gabriel Allon, is an art restorer by trade.


message 12: by Mayine (new)

Mayine Lisa wrote: "Katherine wrote: "Me, too, Lisa. I just said to my husband, so many books etc"

What is your favourite on the list Katherine? My top three are:
Girl with a Pearl Earring
The Madonnas of Le..."


I just finished The Swan Thieves, and love, love, loved it.


message 13: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Mayine wrote: "Lisa wrote: "Katherine wrote: "Me, too, Lisa. I just said to my husband, so many books etc"

What is your favourite on the list Katherine? My top three are:
Girl with a Pearl Earring
The M..."

Me too Mayine. Have you read her other book The Historian. I loved it just as much.


message 14: by Ben (last edited Dec 06, 2011 01:17PM) (new)

Ben I'm surprised no one had nominated In Search of Lost Time (Remembrance of Things Past): Proust 6-pack, which is widely considered one of the finest examples of the Künstlerroman novel. Well, it's there now.


message 15: by Mayine (new)

Mayine Currently reading Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell. It's breathtakingly beautiful. Joy of joy, I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art today and was able to totally immerse myself in Monet's paintings, especially the few on view there of Camille. What a thrill - each brushstroke is alive with stories of their lives, the rich history of that time, and Monet's contemporaries (Renoir, Pissarro, Bazille, Degas...) Happy day!


message 16: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Lisa wrote: "Hi Katherine
I haven't read The Picture of Dorian Gray. I'll check out your blurb. I have read the others you recommended. It is always good to get recommendations from others with similar tast..."


The painter is based loosely on john singer Sargent


message 17: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Brenda wrote: "Lisa wrote: "Hi Katherine
I haven't read The Picture of Dorian Gray. I'll check out your blurb. I have read the others you recommended. It is always good to get recommendations from others with ..."


Thanks Brenda. I will add it to the list.


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message 19: by Mayine (last edited Apr 27, 2013 05:35AM) (new)

Mayine Currently reading Elizabeth Hickey's The Painted Kiss about Gustav Klimt and Emily Floge... (Klimt's beloved muse, mistress, model - she's the woman in The Kiss.) Oh my goodness... I love Hickey's writing style, the book draws you in immediately. Richly textured, very atmospheric, the beautiful descriptions of Vienna, the various characters who come to life... The beginning is wonderful... so far, a rare gem of a book.


message 20: by Dee (new)

Dee Conroy Irving Stone's The Agony and The Ecstasy, and Lust for Life, are my all-time favorites. BA Shapiro's The Art Forger is also really good. I just finished Ishiguro's An Artist of the Floating World.

Now checking into these lists, can't wait for a next good read.


message 21: by Blind_guardian (new)

Blind_guardian There's a book I read a few years ago whose title I can't remember for the life of me ... it's about a painter who uses magic to transfer his mind into other people's bodies. The names are vaguely Italian, and he lives for hundreds of years, 'reincarnating' himself by transferring himself into one young budding artist after another. Anyone know what I'm talking about?


message 22: by Misfit (new)

Misfit I am thinking Isn't It Pretty To Think So? doesn't quite fit this list?


message 23: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Blind guardian - It sounds a little like a book I read by Susan Hill, but I don't remember the title.


message 25: by Mojobee (new)

Mojobee Hi - vast list! Just to note: #138 The Hare with the Amber Eyes is non-fiction (biography). It is an excellent book though!


message 26: by Jorie (new)

Jorie Richman I am in the art world and enjoy this incredible list of wonderful books. I enjoyed The Hare with the Amber Eyes as well. The author traced the Ephrussi family through many decades. Another fascinating story is The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustave Klimt"s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Blauer by Anne-Marie O'Connor. A fascinating read as well as historical story.


message 27: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy Seven Days in the Art World by Thornton isn't fiction.


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