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Jul 16, 2007, 12:39pm

I have started reading Portrait of Dr. Gachet, a book about the Van Gogh painting. I recently purchased Strapless, the story of Sargent's painting Madame X. I also read The Lost Painting about the rediscovery of a missing Caravaggio painting.

I am looking for more titles with this "Books about (specific) paintings" theme.

Jul 16, 2007, 4:57pm

Wasn't Girl with a pearl earring by Tracy Chevalier the book that started the latest round of this particular craze? I haven't read it.

A History of the World In 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes isn't entirely about one painting, but a big chunk of it is about Géricault's "Raft of the Medusa"

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant is only rather obliquely about the painting.

A la recherche du temps perdu is - inter alia - about a small patch of yellow in Vermeer's "View of Delft", but it probably isn't what you're looking for!

The Horses Mouth by Joyce Cary is a novel about a (fictional) painter - there's a painting of the Raising of Lazarus that plays a big part in the story.

Another famous fictional painting: The Picture of Dorian Gray!

Jul 16, 2007, 5:33pm

Also Painting Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis another historical fiction, about da Vinci and the Medici family, (no touchstones). It's still on my TBR pile, but it looks like it might be quite good.

Jul 17, 2007, 10:58am

I haven't read this yet, but just added it to my wish list and thought it sounded right for you:

The mill and the cross by Michael Gibson ... it's the story behind the Peter Bruegel painting "Way to Calvary."

Dec 18, 2007, 7:13pm

What about Headlong by Michael Frayn - an excellent book about a fictional Bruegel painting?

Jan 9, 2008, 6:51pm

I second the suggestion about Headlong by Michael Frayn. I have read it twice and will read it again.
I also enjoyed Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman.
Summer's Lease by John Mortimer is not specifically about paintings (but the paintings of Piero della Francesco play a vital part). I've read the book, listened to the audiobook, and seen the BBC video. All were satisfying.

Feb 18, 2008, 8:18pm

The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte deals with a painting, although I don't think that its one that exists in real life.

All of Susan Vreeland's books deal with paiting from various masters.

Feb 18, 2008, 10:00pm

I recommend The Rescue Artist, highly entertaining and educational! (albeit more on the entertaining side)...