For Art Lovers
"Could an artist be so obsessed by a painting that he'd be compelled to destroy it? If so, why? This is the question psychiatrist Andrew Marlow wrestles with as he works to treat his newest patient, a painter of emerging fame and obvious genius, Robert Oliver. Told in alternating perspectives by chapter, it unwinds with gentle melancholy, but the plot turns are captivating. If you listen to the audiobook, you will be entertained by a cast of voices, including Treat Williams and Anne Heche."
The Lost Painting By Jonathan Harr
A poor seventeenth-century servant girl knows her place in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer, but when he begins to paint her, nasty whispers and rumors circulate throughout the town, in a deluxe edition of the best-selling novel that is enhanced by full-color reproductions of the Vermeer paintings mentioned in the book.
Girl With a Pearl Earring By Tracy Chevalier
The forger's spell : a true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the greatest art hoax of the twentieth century. I seem to be into books about art forgery lately. Both this book and The Art Forger go into interesting technical detail about how to forge paintings-The Forger's Spell includes as much about Nazi art mania as you'd ever want to know. I'm not sure I'll ever look at art on museum wall the same again. An excellent non-fiction read.
The Forger's Spell By Edward Dolnick