Portrait of a Woman with a Book of Music by Francesco Bacchiacca
This hand is too cold for reading
Lorenzetti's 'Effects of Good Government ...' As a 'Book in Hand' this is pushing it, but what a wonderful painting; crowded with incident invisible at this size!
Carpaccio's Virgin Reading (1510)
Michelangelo's Moses with his tablets
Georges de la Tour.
Portrait of a Young Man by Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572)
The Young Cicero Reading. My favourite thing in the Wallace Collection - a fresco by Vincenzo Foppa. It was painted in the 1460s for the Medici. Cicero was crucial for the Italian humanists. Philip Weaver.