Reading Art: Art for Book Lovers (Pre-order)

Pre-order now. This title will be shipped from 1 June 2018.

David Trigg


Price: USD$35.00

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.


Format: Hardback
Size: 203 x 137 mm (8 x 5 3/8 in)
Pages: 352 pp
Illustrations: 280 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714876276

David Trigg is a critic and art writer based in Bristol. He has recently completed a PhD on British publisher Penguin's art history series. He is a regular contributor to Phaidon books and has written articles and reviews for publications including Art Monthly, ArtReview, Frieze, Art Papers, Flash Art International, Untitled, Circa, and MAP.

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