Catherine Hewitt belongs to a special class of authors, one which has taken it upon itself to uncover the history we forgot over time: the biographers.
In her second published book, titled Renoir’s Dancer, she takes us on a journey through the life of Suzanne Valadon.
Born as an illegitimate daughter to a linen maid in the 19th century, she carved her own path through history, becoming a world-famous painting model, and later a celebrated painter in her own right.
B. A. Shapiro has a talent for taking us on immersive trips throughout history, and with The Collector’s Apprentice she takes us to the unusual period between the two World Wars, more precisely, the summer of 1922.
We are introduced to nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens, a woman accused for her fiance’s theft of millions, now living in Paris under an assumed identity.
She knows she cannot spend her life in hiding, and thus sets out to prove her innocence, recover her father’s art collection, and get revenge on the man responsible for her predicament.
Irving Stone had a knack like none other for writing poignant biographical novels which still remained true to their sources, with The Agony and the Ecstasy arguably being his most famous and defining work.
Fictionalizing the life of Michelangelo Buonarroti, the all-time famous artist responsible for many immortal creations, the novel takes us on a grandiose and perilous journey through the Renaissance as the artist tries to find his way in life against all odds.
Christina Baker Kline likes to remind us that paintings aren’t merely drawings hanging up in museums, but actual cultural artifacts that have shaped the world in their own ways, often small, but at other times quite significant.
Christina’s World is an iconic painting at the turn of the century, and in her historical fiction novel titled A Piece of the World, Baker Kline tells the story behind the muse which inspired the masterpiece, a simple farm girl named Christina Olson, destined to far greater fame than she could have ever anticipated.
Laura Cumming takes us into the secretive and poorly-known world of rare art collection on the hunt for a famous painting of Britain’s King Charles I, performed in the Spanish court by Velazquez, its official painter.
The painting was thought to have been lost to time and destruction, earning somewhat of a mythical and legendary status, with enough theories and hypotheses to fill entire tomes.
However, in the 19th century a man by the name of John Snare happened upon a curious painting at a small liquidation auction, and that marked the end of his normal life…