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Art Fiction

Fiction inspired by famous artists or their paintings.

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Book Cover Bennett, Vanora
Portrait of an Unknown Woman
A family is caught up in the turmoil of Tudor England, their story told through two portraits painted by Hans Holbein the Younger.
Book Cover Chessman, Harriet Scott
Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Impressionist (and Pittsburgh native) Mary Cassatt's five paintings of her sister, Lydia, tell the story of their relationship, as Lydia struggles with a terminal illness.
Book Cover Chevalier, Tracy
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Enter the world of the 17th century Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer, as seen through the eyes of maid-turned-artist's model, 16-year-old Griet.
Book Cover Edge, Arabella
The God of Spring: A Novel
French artist Théodore Géricault is inspired by a tragedy at sea to paint his masterpiece, Raft of the Medusa, while his obsessive love affair steers him toward disaster.
Book Cover Holdstock, Pauline
A Rare and Curious Gift
The story of a young woman painter in Renaissance Florence, loosely based on the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most famous female artists of the time.
Book Cover Vreeland, Susan
Girl in Hyacinth Blue
Art provenance of a personal nature, Girl in Hyacinth Blue follows each owner's relationship to the Vermeer painting, back to its creation.

Updated: 12/28/2007