The folks over at Online College Courses have come up with a list of the 50 greatest novels for art students to read, along with their descriptions:
Here are four from that list.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon:
If you have any interest in the creation, origin or work that goes into comic books, this novel is an absolute must-read. Following two friends as they come from nothing to be some of the biggest names in the comic industry, it offers not only a compelling story, but an amazing amount of historical information as well.
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier:
Now a major motion picture, this book offers insights into the life and work of Dutch painter Vermeer, suggesting that the model for one of his most famous works was his own beloved housemaid.
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone:
Based on the biographical events of Michelangelo’s life, this novel showcases the artist in his full brilliance, passion and even, at times, fury.
Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by
Harriet Scott Chessman: Get a peek into the life of Mary Cassatt, one of the biggest names in Impressionist painting, through the eyes of her sister Lydia in this compelling fictionalized take on art history.
50 novels for art students to read