Best Art and Art History Books
A painter paints the appearance of things, not their objective correctness, in fact he creates new appearances of things.
1 The Shock of the New
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4 Michelangelo, the Sistine C...
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5 The Power of Art
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6 The Man Who Made Vermeers: ...
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7 Art Through the Ages
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8 The Story of Art
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9 Sister Wendy's Story of Pai...
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10 The Art Spirit
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11 Nothing If Not Critical: Se...
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12 Art History's History
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13 Michelangelo and the Pope's...
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14 Isms: Understanding Art
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15 The Yellow House: Van Gogh,...
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16 Art and Visual Perception: ...
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17 Life with Picasso
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18 A Life of Picasso, Vol. 1: ...
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19 Masterpieces of The Metropo...
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20 The Frick Collection: Handb...
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21 The Agony and the Ecstasy
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22 Seven Days in the Art World
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23 The Rape of Europa: The Fat...
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24 The Visual Arts: A History ...
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25 Bernini
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26 Vision and Art: The Biology...
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26 Ways of Seeing
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28 Frida: A Biography of Frida...
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29 D'Aulaires' Book of Greek M...
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30 The Lost Painting
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31 The New Drawing on the Righ...
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32 Brunelleschi's Dome: How a ...
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33 A Guide To The Louvre
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34 National Gallery of Art: Wa...
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35 The Annotated Mona Lisa: A ...
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36 Atkinson Grimshaw
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37 Art and Physics: Parallel V...
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38 A Natural History of the Se...
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38 The Success and Failure of ...
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40 Michelangelo
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41 Pictures of Nothing: Abstra...
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42 The Writer's Brush: Paintin...
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43 William Blake
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44 Sculpture: Processes and Pr...
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44 Techniques of the Great Mas...
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44 Atkinson Grimshaw: Painter ...
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44 Just Looking: Essays on Art
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48 Joseph Cornell: Master of D...
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49 Manifestations of Shiva
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50 Dreaming With His Eyes Open...
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51 One Hundred Flowers
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52 Goya
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53 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
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54 Art and Illusion: A Study i...
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54 Why Art Cannot be Taught: A...
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56 The Art Instinct: Beauty, P...
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56 How Art Made the World
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58 Noa Noa
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58 Georgia O'keeffe: 100 Flowers
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60 Dora Maar, With And Without...
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60 What Painting Is
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60 Impressionism
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63 Believing Is Seeing: Creati...
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63 Vasari's Lives of the Artis...
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63 Van Gogh in Arles
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66 Egyptian Art
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66 Eastman Johnson: Painting A...
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66 About Looking
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69 Modern Painting: The Impres...
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70 Complete Van Gogh
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71 History of Modern Art: Pain...
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72 The Romantic Rebellion
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73 Louvre: 400 Masterpieces
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74 Cameraworks
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74 For the Love of Art
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74 Picasso: Creator And Destroyer
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74 Humor in Craft
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74 Artemisia Gentileschi: The ...
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74 The Image of the Black in W...
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74 Art Collab – Artistic Colla...
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74 Thomas Jones (1742-1803): A...
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74 The Illustrated Timeline of...
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74 Henry Darger: In the Realms...
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74 Degenerate Art: The Exhibit...
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74 The New Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
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74 Van Gogh's Inner Struggle: ...
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74 Gustav Dore 1832-1883: Mast...
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74 Saving Mona Lisa: The Battl...
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89 The Senses.
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89 The Last Flowers of Manet
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89 Making the Mummies Dance: I...
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89 What Great Paintings Say
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89 Where Is Ana Mendieta?: Ide...
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89 The Image of the Black in W...
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89 Art of Isis Sousa & Guests:...
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89 Hiroshige: One Hundred Famo...
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89 Kabbalah in Art and Archite...
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89 An Epic Dream, Faintly But ...
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89 Degenerate Art
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89 The 1-Hour Van Gogh Book
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Comments (showing 1-7 of 7) (7 new)

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message 1: by Monica (new)

Monica I'm not familiar with the majority of these books or art historians. It's a nice ideal, Alex. I wish I knew more about them so I could share my opinions. How do you read other people's comments?




message 2: by [deleted user] (last edited Jul 03, 2009 07:35AM) (new)

Just click on the book I suppose. That is if there any comments. Have a great holiday weekend!


message 3: by Monica (new)

Monica You too. I have many art history books I'd love to share with this group! Hi Susanna, Sandra, Hotavio, Leslie and Thomas!!!


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

LOL! SHARE,SHARE, SHARE!


message 5: by Sharayu (new)

Sharayu Gangurde I think perhaps books like 'Lust for living' and 'The agony and the ecstacy' both, by Irving Stone ought to feature in this list. 'Girl with a pearl earring' by Tracey Chevalier on Vermeer Jan's painting of the same name is also a very interesting read.

Thanks for the great list here. Eager to lay my hands on these books.


message 6: by Faezeh (new)

Faezeh Salehi i have lots of book about art history in persian language, i decide to share


message 7: by Alex (last edited Oct 13, 2013 05:14AM) (new)

Alex lol at "Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share" at no. 97. It's a kind of art right?


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