ATG Book of the Week: Reading Art: Art for Book Lovers

by | May 24, 2019 | 0 comments

Title: Reading Art: Art for Book Lovers
Author: David Trigg
Hardcover:
ISBN: 978-0714876276; $35
Imprint: New York: Phaidon, 2018

 

A celebration of artworks featuring books and readers from throughout history, for the delight of art lovers and bibliophiles

As every book tells a story, every book in art is part of an intriguing, engaging, and relatable image. Books are depicted as indicators of intellect in portraits, as symbols of piety in religious paintings, as subjects in still lifes, and as the raw material for contemporary installations. Reading Art spotlights artworks from museums and collections around the globe, creating a gorgeous, inspiring homage to both the written word and to its pivotal role in the visual world.

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for suggesting this week’s Book of the Week)

 

Reviews

 

“As every book tells a story, every book in art is part of an intriguing, engaging, and relatable image. In Reading Art: Art for Book Lovers, David Trigg looks into how books in art are used as symbols and subjects in their own right. He considers pieces from museums all over the world in a “homage to both the written word and to its pivotal role in the visual world”. One for both art geeks and bookworms.”—CreativeBloq.com

 

“Gathers together in one place the paintings and artworks through history that capture books as a thing of beauty. Reading Art: Art for Book Lovers, written by David Trigg, will have you putting down your latest page turner to gawp at the stunning ways different artists have captured the act of getting lost in a good book… The book also features an essay, exploring the inspirations for the project – including the idea of books as political and dangerous objects, often censored by oppressive regimes.”—Evening Standard online

 

“This book is perfect.”—Rachel Cooke

 

“An enchanting compendium of artworks that celebrate books and reading through 2,000 years of art history… An inspiring homage to the written word… Stunning survey.”—Bookanista.com

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