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The Blood of Flowers The Blood of Flowers
By Amirrezvani, Anita
2008-05 - Back Bay Books
9780316065771 Check our catalog

In this mesmerizing historical novel, an ill-fated young woman's gift as a rug designer transforms her life in 17th-century Isfahan. …More

The Lady and the Unicorn The Lady and the Unicorn
By Chevalier, Tracy
2004-12 - Plume Books
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An extraordinary story exquisitely told, Chevalier's "The Lady and the Unicorn" weaves history and fiction into a beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry that rivals in grace and grandeur the masterpiece that inspired it. …More

Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet
2011-04 - Broadway Books
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Struggling artist Claude Monet's life was irrevocably changed when he met the beautiful and mysterious Camille Doucieux. Through years of painting, misunderstanding, and love, they carve out a life together, but can Camille ever escape her past? …More

The Birth of Venus The Birth of Venus
By Dunant, Sarah
2004-11 - Random House Trade
9780812968972 Check our catalog

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The Birth of Venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain's most innovative writers of literary suspense. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city. …More

The Painter from Shanghai The Painter from Shanghai
By Epstein, Jennifer Cody
2009-04 - W. W. Norton & Company
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Reminiscent of "Memoirs of a Geisha," this novel is a re-imagining of the life of Pan Yuliang and her transformation from prostitute to post-Impressionist. …More

The Botticelli Secret The Botticelli Secret
By Fiorato, Marina
2010-03 - Griffin
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In this exhilarating cross between "The Da Vinci Code" and "The Birth of Venus," an irrepressible young woman in 15th-century Italy must flee for her life after stumbling upon a deadly secret when she serves as a model for Botticelli. b&w illustrations throughout. …More

Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him
By Ganek, Danielle
2008-05 - Plume Books
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Just as "The Devil Wears Prada" demystified the world of high fashion, Ganek's delightfully funny and insightful first novel paints the oddly captivating New York City art scene as it exists today. …More

The Painted Kiss The Painted Kiss
By Hickey, Elizabeth
2006-03 - Washington Square Press
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In the tradition of "The Girl with the Pearl Earring," a beautiful, atmospheric, and sensual debut re-imagines the tempestuous relationship between painter Gustav Klimt and Emilie Floege, the youngest daughter of a bourgeois businessman. …More

The Swan Thieves The Swan Thieves
By Kostova, Elizabeth
2010-11 - Back Bay Books
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Kostova's masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love, to create a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope. …More

My Name Is Asher Lev My Name Is Asher Lev
By Potok, Chaim
2003-03 - Anchor Books
9781400031047 Check our catalog

Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels even when it leads him to blasphemy.In this stirring and often visionary novel, Chaim Potok traces Asher's passage between these two identities, the one consecrated to God, the other subject only to the imagination.. …More

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo
By Stone, Irving
2004-09 - New American Library
9780451213235 Check our catalog

A #1 New York Times bestselling classic that "glows with the fire of one of the world's greatest geniuses" (Saturday Review Syndicate). Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo's David, NAL releases a special edition of Irving Stone's classic biographical novel in which both the artist and the man are brought to life in full. …More

Lust for Life Lust for Life
By Stone, Irving
1984-06 - Plume Books
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The book captures the atmosphere of the Paris of the Post-Impressionists and reconstructs the development of Van Gogh's art.

 

Girl in Hyacinth Blue Girl in Hyacinth Blue
By Vreeland, Susan
2000-10 - Penguin Books
9780140296280 Check our catalog

A professor invites a colleague from the art department to his home to see a painting that he has kept secret for decades. The professor swears it is a Vermeer -- why has he hidden this important work for so long? The reasons unfold in a series of stories that trace ownership of the painting back to World War II and Amsterdam, and still further back to the moment of the work's inspiration. As the painting moves through each owner's hands, what was long hidden quietly surfaces, illuminating poignant moments in human lives. Vreeland's characters remind us, through their love of the mysterious painting, how beauty transforms and why we reach for it, what lasts, and what in our lives is singular and unforgettable …More


Luncheon of the Boating Party Luncheon of the Boating Party
By Vreeland, Susan
2007-05 - Viking Books
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A bestselling author returns with a vivid exploration of one of the most beloved paintings in history: Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. …More

Dancing for Degas Dancing for Degas
By Wagner, Kathryn
2010-03 - Bantam Books
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With this fresh and vibrantly imagined portrait of the Impressionist artist Edgar Degas, readers are transported to Paris as a young Parisian ballerina tells a story of great love, great art--and the most painful choices of the heart. …More