The Best Art History Books

“What are the best Art History books?” We looked at 17 lists and came away with over 280 unique titles.

Art is great. Unfortunately (fortunately) it has been around for hundreds of thousands of years and spans the entire earth in every city and location where humans and that dancing bird from Planet Earth live. Because there is so much art and it has been around from so long, it is impossible to see it all. Luckily there are individuals who dedicate their lives to documenting and recording the techniques, styles, and history of artists and cultures around the world.

Below you will find the top 18 non-fiction and fiction art history books with images, summaries, and links. At the bottom of the page the additional 268 books as well as the 17 sources we consulted can be found.

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The 18 Top Art History Books Of All-Time



18 .) Art in Theory 1900 – 2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas by Charles Harrison & Paul J. Wood

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Best liberal Arts Colleges
  • Widewalls

This popular anthology of twentieth-century art theoretical texts has now been expanded to take account of new research, and to include significant contributions to art theory from the 1990s.

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17 .) Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Best liberal Arts Colleges
  • Millsaps College

Brunelleschi’s Dome is the story of how a Renaissance genius bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder we continue to marvel at today. Denounced at first as a madman, Brunelleschi was celebrated at the end as a genius. He engineered the perfect placement of brick and stone, built ingenious hoists and cranes (among some of the most renowned machines of the Renaissance) to carry an estimated 70 million pounds hundreds of feet into the air, and designed the workers’ platforms and routines so carefully that only one man died during the decades of construction–all the while defying those who said the dome would surely collapse and his own personal obstacles that at times threatened to overwhelm him. This drama was played out amid plagues, wars, political feuds, and the intellectual ferments of Renaissance Florence– events Ross King weaves into the story to great effect, from Brunelleschi’s bitter, ongoing rivalry with the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti to the near catpure of Florence by the Duke of Milan. King also offers a wealth of fascinating detail that opens windows onto fifteenth-century life: the celebrated traditions of the brickmaker’s art, the daily routine of the artisans laboring hundreds of feet above the ground as the dome grew ever higher, the problems of transportation, the power of the guilds.

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16 .) Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Millsaps College
  • The Week

“In the mid-nineteenth century, a young man named Claude Monet decided that he would rather endure a difficult life painting landscapes than take over his father’s nautical supplies business in a French seaside town. Against his father’s will, and with nothing but a dream and an insatiable urge to create a new style of art that repudiated the Classical Realism of the time, he set off for Paris.

But once there he is confronted with obstacles: an art world that refused to validate his style, extreme poverty, and a war that led him away from his home and friends. But there were bright spots as well: his deep, enduring friendships with men named Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Manet – a group that together would come to be known as the Impressionists, and that supported each other through the difficult years. But even more illuminating was his lifelong love, Camille Doncieux, a beautiful, upper-class Parisian girl who threw away her privileged life to be by the side of the defiant painter and embrace the lively Bohemian life of their time. “

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15 .) Gardner’s Art Through the Ages by Fred S. Kleiner; Christin J. Mamiya; Helen Gardner

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Best liberal Arts Colleges
  • Concordia University

The market-leading text for the art history survey course, GARDNER’S ART THROUGH THE AGES has served as a comprehensive and thoughtfully crafted guide to the defining phases of the world’s artistic tradition. With this book in hand, thousands of students have watched the story of art unfold in its full historical, social, religious, economic, and cultural context, and thus deepened their understanding of art, architecture, painting, and sculpture. By virtue of its comprehensive coverage, strong emphasis on context, and rich, accurate art reproductions, GARDNER’S ART THROUGH THE AGES has earned and sustained a reputation of excellence and authority.

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14 .) History of Modern Art by Elizabeth C. Mansfield and H.H. Arnason

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Art Books
  • Best liberal Arts Colleges

History of Modern Art is a visual comprehensive overview of the modern art field. It traces the trends and influences in painting, sculpture, photography and architecture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. The seventh edition deepens its discussions on social conditions that have affected the production and reception of modern and contemporary art.

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13 .) Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art by Jens Hoffmann

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Art news
  • Widewalls

This monumental new book explores the recent history of exhibition-making, looking at the radical shifts that have taken place in the practice of curating contemporary art over the last 20 years. Tracing a history of curating through its most innovative shows, renowned curator Jens Hoffmann selects the 50 key exhibitions that have most significantly shaped the practice of both artists and curators. Chosen from the plethora of exhibitions, biennials and art events that have sprung up across the world since the 1990s, each exhibition reviewed here has triggered profound changes in curatorial practice, and reanimated the potential of contemporary art. The book includes an international roster of curators, and exhibition venues that span the globe, from the USA, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa to France, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey and Spain.

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12 .) Strapless by Deborah Davis

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Millsaps College

The subject of John Singer Sargent’s most famous painting was twenty-three-year-old New Orleans Creole Virginie Gautreau, who moved to Paris and quickly became the “it girl” of her day. A relative unknown at the time, Sargent won the commission to paint her; the two must have recognized in each other a like-minded hunger for fame.

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11 .) The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Novel of Michelangelo by Irving Stone

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Millsaps College

A masterpiece in its own right, this novel offers a compelling portrait of Michelangelo’s dangerous, impassioned loves, and the God-driven fury from which he wrested the greatest art the world has ever known.

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10 .) The Duchamp Dictionary by Thomas Girst

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Art news
  • Widewalls

From alchemy and anatomy to Warhol and windows, The Duchamp Dictionary offers a pithy and readable text that draws on in-depth scholarship and the very latest research. Thomas Girst includes close to 200 entries on the most interesting and important artworks, relationships, people, and ideas in Duchamp’s life—from The Bicycle Wheel and Fountain to Walter and Louise Arensberg, Peggy Guggenheim, Katherine Dreier, and Arturo Schwarz. Delightful, newly commissioned illustrations introduce each letter of the alphabet and accompany select entries, capturing the irreverent spirit of the artist himself. 59 color illustrations

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9 .) The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Millsaps College
  • The Guardian

Wolfe’s style has never been more dazzling, his wit never more keen. He addresses the scope of Modern Art, from its founding days as Abstract Expressionism through its transformations to Pop, Op, Minimal, and Conceptual. The Painted Word is Tom Wolfe “at his most clever, amusing, and irreverent”

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8 .) An Outline of European Architecture by N. Pevsner

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Lists It Appears On:

  • King’s College
  • Readings

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902–1983) was one of the twentieth century’s most learned and stimulating writers on art and architecture. He established his reputation with Pioneers of Modern Design, though he is probably best known for his celebrated series of guides, The Buildings of England, acknowledged as one of the great achievements of twentieth-century scholarship. He was also founding editor of The Pelican History of Art, the most comprehensive and scholarly history of art ever published in English.

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7 .) Art and Illusion by E.H. Gombrich

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Lists It Appears On:

  • King’s College
  • Readings

Considered a great classic by all who seek for a meeting ground between science and the humanities, Art and Illusion examines the history and psychology of pictorial representation in light of present-day theories of visual perception information and learning. Searching for a rational explanation of the changing styles of art, Gombrich reexamines many ideas on the imitation of nature and the function of tradition. In testing his arguments he ranges over the history of art, noticing particularly the accomplishments of the ancient Greeks, and the visual discoveries of such masters as Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt, as well as the impressionists and the cubists. Gombrich’s triumph in Art and Illusion arises from the fact that his main concern is less with the artists than with ourselves, the beholders.

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6 .) Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy by M. Baxandall

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Lists It Appears On:

  • King’s College
  • Readings

Serving as both an introduction to fifteenth-century Italian painting and as a text on how to interpret social history from the style of pictures in a given historical period, this new edition to Baxandall’s pre-eminent scholarly volume examines early Renaissance painting, and explains how the style of painting in any society reflects the visual skills and habits that evolve out of daily life. Renaissance painting, for example, mirrors the experience of such activities as preaching, dancing, and gauging barrels. The volume includes discussions of a wide variety of painters, including Filippo Lippi, Fra Angelico, Stefano di Giovanni, Sandro Botticelli, Masaccio, Luca Signorelli, Boccaccio, and countless others. Baxandall also defines and illustrates sixteen concepts used by a contemporary critic of painting, thereby assembling the basic equipment needed to explore fifteenth-century art.

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5 .) The Books that Shaped Art History: From Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss by Richard Shone & John-Paul Stonard

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Readings
  • Widewalls

Written by some of today’s leading art historians and curators, this new collection provides an invaluable road map of the field by comparing and reexamining canonical works of art history. From Émile Mâle’s magisterial study of thirteenth-century French art, first published in 1898, to Hans Belting’s provocative Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art, the book provides a concise and insightful overview of the history of art, told through its most enduring literature. Each of the essays looks at the impact of a single major book of art history, mapping the intellectual development of the writer under review, setting out the premises and argument of the book, considering its position within the broader field of art history, and analyzing its significance in the context of both its initial reception and its afterlife. An introduction by John-Paul Stonard explores how art history has been forged by outstanding contributions to scholarship, and by the dialogues and ruptures between them.

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4 .) Ways of Seeing by John Berger

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Readings
  • Widewalls

John Berger’s Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language.

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3 .) Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Millsaps College
  • The Week

History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius . . . even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.

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2 .) The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari

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Lists It Appears On:

  • King’s College
  • Questia
  • The Wall Street Journal

These biographies of the great quattrocento artists have long been considered among the most important of contemporary sources on Italian Renaissance art. Vasari, who invented the term “Renaissance,” was the first to outline the influential theory of Renaissance art that traces a progression through Giotto, Brunelleschi, and finally the titanic figures of Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, and Raphael.

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1 .) The Story of Art by Ernest H. Gombrich

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Art A GoGo
  • King’s College
  • Lavinia Goes
  • Readings
  • The Guardian
  • The Wall Street Journal

The Story of Art, one of the most famous and popular books on art ever written, has been a world bestseller for over four decades. Attracted by the simplicity and clarity of his writing, readers of all ages and backgrounds have found in Professor Gombrich a true master, and one who combines knowledge and wisdom with a unique gift for communicating his deep love of the subject.

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268 Additional Art History Books
(Appear on a single list each)



 

100 Artists’ Manifesto Readings
100 Painters of Tomorrow Country & Town House
A Brush with the Real: Figurative Painting Today Margherita Dessanay and Marc Valli Art news
A Child’s Book of Art: Great Pictures First Words Lucy Micklethwait Art A GoGo
A Concise Encyclopaedia of the Italian Renaissance J.R. Hale King’s College
A Concise History of Painting: From Giotto to Cézanne Michael Levey Questia
A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE: SETTING AND RITUALS SPIRO KOSTOF, GREGORY CASTILLO, RICHARD TOBIAS Best liberal Arts Colleges
A History of Western Architecture D. Watkin King’s College
A History of Western Art Laurie Schneider Adams Art Books
A Life of Picasso Volume I: 1881-1906 John Richardson The Wall Street Journal
A Paradise Lost: The Neo-Romantic Imagination in Britain, 1938-1955 David Mellor The Guardian
A SHORT GUIDE TO WRITING ABOUT ART SYLVAN BARNET Best liberal Arts Colleges
A WORLD HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE MICHAEL FAZIO, MARIAN MOFFETT, LAWRENCE WODEHOUSE Best liberal Arts Colleges
A World History of Art H. Honour & J. Fleming King’s College
AFRICAN COSMOS: STELLAR ARTS NY Times
After Art Readings
Afterimage Helen Humphreys Millsaps College
Agatha’s Breast Van Adler Millsaps College
Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth (novel about the New Kingdom Egyptian pharaoh by the Nobel Laureate Egyptian author) Naguib Mahfouz Millsaps College
ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES: NEW YORK ART SPACES 1960 TO 2010 Lauren Rosati and Mary Anne Staniszewski NY Times
American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America Robert Hughes Art A GoGo
An Empathetic Lens Country & Town House
Annotated Art (DK Annotated Guides) Robert Cumming Art A GoGo
ARCHAIC AND CLASSICAL GREEK ART (OXFORD HISTORY OF ART) ROBIN OSBORNE Best liberal Arts Colleges
Architecture in Britain, 1530-1830 J. Summerson King’s College
ART & TODAY ELEANOR HEARTNEY Best liberal Arts Colleges
Art for Dummies Thomas Hoving Art A GoGo
Art History Marilyn Stokstad and Bradford R. Collins Art A GoGo
Art History and Its Institutions: Foundations of a Discipline Elizabeth Mansfield Questia
ART HISTORY PORTABLE, BOOK 4: 14TH – 17TH CENTURY ART MARILYN STOKSTAD, MICHAEL W. COTHREN Best liberal Arts Colleges
ART HISTORY, COMBINED VOLUME MARILYN STOKSTAD, MICHAEL W. COTHREN Best liberal Arts Colleges
Art History: An Anthology of Modern Criticism Wylie Sypher Questia
Art in America 1945-1970: Writings from the Age of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism Jed Perl The Wall Street Journal
Art Kane Country & Town House
Art of the Postmodern Era: From the Late 1960s to the Early 1990s Irving Sandler Questia
Art Power Readings
Art: The Whole Story Readings
Artemisia Alexandra Lapierre Millsaps College
ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI MARY D. GARRARD Best liberal Arts Colleges
As Above Rudy Rucker Millsaps College
ASIAN AMERICAN ART: A HISTORY, 1850- 1970 GORDON CHANG, MARK JOHNSON, PAUL KARLSTROM Best liberal Arts Colleges
ASIAN ART NOW CHUI MELISSA, GENOCCHIO BENJAMIN Best liberal Arts Colleges
ASMARA: AFRICA’S SECRET MODERNIST CITY EDWARD DENISON, GUANG YU REN, NAIGZY GEBREMEDHIN Best liberal Arts Colleges
BAROQUE: THEATRUM MUNDI. THE WORLD AS A WORK OF ART BARBARA BORNGASSER, ROLF TOMAN, ACHIM BEDNORZ Best liberal Arts Colleges
BECOMING VAN GOGH Timothy J. Standring NY Times
Bernard Berenson: Formation and Heritage Joseph Connors and Louis A. Waldman Art news
Bets and Scams: A Novel of the Art World Gary Schwartz Millsaps College
Billy Name – The Silver Age Country & Town House
Borrower of the Night: The First Vicky Bliss Mystery Elizabeth Peters Millsaps College
BUILDING STORIES Chris Ware’ NY Times
Burning Bright Tracy Chevalier Millsaps College
Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography Roland Barthes Widewalls
CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH Johannes Grave NY Times
Cézanne: a Study of his Development, London 1927 R. Fry, King’s College
Chasing Cezanne Peter Mayle Millsaps College
Child’s Book of Art: Discover Great Paintings Lucy Micklethwait Art A GoGo
CHINESE SILKS James C. Y. Watt NY Times
Clara and Mr Susan Vreeland Millsaps College
CLASSICAL ART: FROM GREECE TO ROME (OXFORD HISTORY OF ART) MARY BEARD, JOHN HENDERSON Best liberal Arts Colleges
Collected Words Richard Hamilton The Guardian
Colour and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity toAbstraction, London 1993 J. Gage King’s College
Concise History of Modern Sculpture (World of Art S.) Herbert Read Art Books
CONSTRUCTING THE ANCIENT WORLD: ARCHITECTURAL TECHNIQUES OF THE GREEKS AND ROMANS CARMELO MALACRINO Best liberal Arts Colleges
CONTEMPORARY ART: WORLD CURRENTS TERRY SMITH Best liberal Arts Colleges
Cupid and the Silent Goddess Alan Fisk Millsaps College
Dancing for Degas Kathryn Wagner Millsaps College
Deadly Illumination: A Gilded Age Mystery Serena Stier Millsaps College
Death and Restoration Iain Pears Millsaps College
Depths of Glory Irving Stone The Week
Design as Art (Penguin Modern Classics) Bruno Munari Widewalls
Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp Pierre Cabanne The Guardian
Dictionary of Art & Artists Peter & Linda Murray King’s College
Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art James Hall King’s College
Discourses on Art, ed. R. Wark (several eds.) J. Reynolds King’s College
DRAWING SURREALISM NY Times
Edie: An American Biography Jean Stein and George Plimpton The Guardian
Edmund de Waal Edmund de Waal and Emma Crichton-Miller Art news
Essential Art: The History of Western Art Art Books
False Impression Jeffrey Archer Millsaps College
Feint of Art Hailey Lind Millsaps College
Frida’s Bed Slavenka Drakulic Millsaps College
Fundraising the Dead Sheila Connolly Millsaps College
Girl in Hyacinth Blue Millsaps College
Girl Reading Katie Ward Bustle
Gould’s Book of Fish Richard Flanagan Millsaps College
Great Artists (DK Annotated Guides) Robert Cumming Art A GoGo
HAJJ: JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF ISLAM NY Times
Headlong Michael Frayn Millsaps College
HERCULANEUM: ART OF A BURIED CITY MARIA PAOLA GUIDOBALDI, DOMENICO ESPOSITO, LUCIANO PEDICINI Best liberal Arts Colleges
HIROSHIGE: ONE HUNDRED FAMOUS VIEWS OF EDO MELANIE TREADE, LORENZ BICHLER Best liberal Arts Colleges
History of Art H.W. Janson and Anthony F. Janson Art A GoGo
History of Beauty Umberto Eco Widewalls
History of Classic Painting Marc Logé; André Leclerc; M. De Gesne; Frederick Moss; S. Béguin; Rosamund Questia
HISTORY OF FAR ASIAN ART SHERMAN LEE Best liberal Arts Colleges
HISTORY OF JAPANESE ART PENELOPE MASON Best liberal Arts Colleges
Horst – Photographer of Style Country & Town House
I Always Loved You Robin Oliveira The Week
I am Madame X Gioia Diliberto Millsaps College
I, Juan de Pareja Elizabeth Borton de Treviño Bustle
IMPRESSIONISM: ART, LEISURE, AND PARISIAN SOCIETY ROBERT L. HERBERT Best liberal Arts Colleges
IN EXTREMIS: DEATH AND LIFE IN 21ST-CENTURY HAITIAN ART NY Times
In the Shadow of Velázquez: A Life in Art History Jonathan Brown Art news
including Deceptive Clarity (1987) Millsaps College
including Old Bones (1995) Millsaps College
INDIAN ART (WORLD ART) ROY C. CRAVEN Best liberal Arts Colleges
INK ART: PAST AS PRESENT IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA MAXWELL K. HEARN, WU HUNG Best liberal Arts Colleges
Innocent Eye Philip Hook Millsaps College
Instant Art History: From Cave Art to Pop Art Walter Robinson Art A GoGo
ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE ROBERT HILLENBRAND Best liberal Arts Colleges
Italian Painters: Critical Studies of their Works, London 1892 G. Morelli, King’s College
JESS: O! TRICKY CAD & OTHER JESSOTERICA NY Times
Journal of Eugène Delacroix Eugène Delacroix The Wall Street Journal
Just Kids Patti Smith Millsaps College
KEN PRICE SCULPTURE: A RETROSPECTIVE Stephanie Barron NY Times
Key Writers on Art: The Twentieth Century Chris Murray Questia
Landscape of Lies Peter Watson Millsaps College
Landscape with Fragmented Figures Jeff Van de Zande Millsaps College
Lazarus Nicholas Kilmer Millsaps College
Lectures F. Saxl King’s College
Leonardo’s Swans Karen Essex Millsaps College
Life Studies Millsaps College
LIFE WITH PICASSO FRANCOISE GILOT Best liberal Arts Colleges
Likeness and Presence Readings
Loot Aaron Elkins Millsaps College
LUCIAN FREUD PORTRAITS Sarah Howgate, with Michael Auping and John Richardson NY Times
Luncheon of the Boating Party Millsaps College
Lust for Life Irving Stone The Week
Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper Harriet Scott Chessman Millsaps College
M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio Peter Robb Millsaps College
Madame Picasso Anne Girard Bustle
Mademoiselle Victorine Debra Finerman Millsaps College
Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies Hans Ulrich Obrist; Introduction by Tom McCarthy Art news
Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden Country & Town House
Masterpiece of Deception Judy Lester Millsaps College
MATERIALIZING “SIX YEARS”: LUCY R. LIPPARD AND THE EMERGENCE OF CONCEPTUAL ART NY Times
Medieval Art Marilyn Stokstad Questia
Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling Millsaps College
Miss Garnet’s Angel Sally Vickers Millsaps College
MODERN ARCHITECTURE SINCE 1900 WILLIAM J. R. CURTIS Best liberal Arts Colleges
MODERN ARCHITECTURE: A CRITICAL HISTORY KENNETH FRAMPTON Best liberal Arts Colleges
MODERN ART 1851 – 1929: CAPITALISM AND REPRESENTATION (OXFORD HISTORY OF ART) RICHARD R. BRETTELL Best liberal Arts Colleges
Mona Lisa Jeanne Kalogridis Millsaps College
Murder at the National Gallery Millsaps College
Murder in the Smithsonian Margaret Truman Millsaps College
New Zealand Painting: A Concise History Michael Dunn Art Books
NOA NOA: THE TAHITIAN JOURNAL PAUL GAUGUIN Best liberal Arts Colleges
On Photography Readings
One Man Show Michael Innes Millsaps College
OVERLAY: CONTEMPORARY ART AND THE ART OF PREHISTORY LUCY LIPPARD Best liberal Arts Colleges
Perspectives on Western Art Linnea H. Wren Questia
Picasso and the Model: Sylvette, Sylvette, Sylvette Christoph Grunenberg and Astrid Becker Art news
Pictures at an Exhibition Sara Houghteling Millsaps College
Pop Art and the Origins of Post-Modernism Sylvia Harrison Questia
Principles of Art History (several eds.) H. Wölfflin King’s College
Quattrocento James McKean Millsaps College
Rembrandt’s Ghost Paul Christopher Millsaps College
Rembrandt’s Whore Sylvia Matton Millsaps College
Renaissance and Renascences in Western Art, Stockholm 1960 E. Panofsky King’s College
Rodin’s Lover Heather Webb Bustle
ROMAN ART: ROMULUS TO CONSTANTINE NANCY H. RAMAGE, ANDREW RAMAGE Best liberal Arts Colleges
Sacre Bleu Christopher Moore Millsaps College
SALON TO BIENNIAL: EXHIBITIONS THAT MADE ART HISTORY, VOLUME 1: 1863-1959 BRUCE ALTSHULER Best liberal Arts Colleges
Shamrock Tea Ciaran Carson Millsaps College
Simpson’s Homer John Malcolm Millsaps College
Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting Sister Wendy Beckett Art A GoGo
SKYSCRAPERS: A HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXTRAORDINARY BUILDINGS – REVISED AND UPDATED JUDITH DUPRE, ADRIAN SMITH Best liberal Arts Colleges
Stealing Athena Karen Essex Millsaps College
Studies in Iconology, (several eds.) E. Panofsky King’s College
Styles, Schools and Movements Amy Dempsey Lavinia Goes
Sunflowers: A Novel of Vincent Van Gogh Sheramy D Bundrick Millsaps College
Taste and the Antique, New Haven & London, 1981 F. Haskell & N. Penny, King’s College
TEMPLES OF CAMBODIA: THE HEART OF ANGKOR HELEN IBBITSON JESSUP, BARRY BRUKOFF Best liberal Arts Colleges
THE $12 MILLION STUFFED SHARK: THE CURIOUS ECONOMICS OF CONTEMPORARY ART DON THOMPSON Best liberal Arts Colleges
The Art Forger Shapiro Millsaps College
The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology (Oxford History of Art S.) Donald Preziosi Art Books
The Art of Describing: Dutch art in the Seventeenth Century Readings
THE ART OF TIBET ROBERT E. FISHER Best liberal Arts Colleges
The Bellini Madonna Elizabeth Lowry Millsaps College
The Birth and Rebirth of Pictorial Space (several eds.) J. White King’s College
The Birth of Venus Sarah Dunant Millsaps College
The Bone Vault Linda Fairstein Millsaps College
The Botticelli Secret Marina Fiorato Millsaps College
The Bowl is Already Broken Mary Kay Zuravleff Millsaps College
The Cheese Monkeys Chip Kidd Millsaps College
The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy J. Burckhardt King’s College
The Classical Language of Architecture (several eds.) John Summerson King’s College
THE COLLECTED WRITINGS OF JOE BRAINARD Ron Padgett NY Times
The Colors of the New World: Artists, Materials, and the Creation of the Florentine Codex Diana Magaloni Kerpel Art news
The Creation of Eve Lynn Cullen Millsaps College
The Critical Historians of Art (several eds.) M. Podro King’s College
The Curatorial Avant-Garde: Surrealism and Exhibition Practice in France, 1925–1941 Adam Jolles Art news
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown Millsaps College
The Dark Clue James Wilson Millsaps College
The Death Artist: A Novel of Suspense Jonathan Santlofer Millsaps College
The Deftness of Da Vinci Country & Town House
The Enchantress of Florence Salman Rushdie Millsaps College
The Eye’s Mind: Bridget Riley – Collected Writings, 1965-2009 The Guardian
THE FERTILE CRESCENT: GENDER, ART, AND SOCIETY Judith K. Brodsky and Ferris Olin NY Times
The Final Faberge: A Novel of Suspense Thomas Swan Millsaps College
The Flanders Panel Arturo Perez-Reverte Millsaps College
The Forger Paul Watkins Millsaps College
The Fountain of St Sena Jeter Naslund Millsaps College
The Girl in the Green Glass Mirror (about an art evaluator and a painting by the Victorian painter Richard Dadd) Elizabeth McGregor Millsaps College
The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds Readings
The Gothic Image, London 1961 E. Mâle King’s College
The History of Art for Young People H.W. Janson and Anthony F. Janson Art A GoGo
The History of Art History Udo Kultermann Questia
The Horse’s Mouth Joyce Cary Millsaps College
The House Girl Tara Conklin Millsaps College
THE IMAGE OF THE BLACK IN WESTERN ART NY Times
The Immaculate Deception Iain Pears Millsaps College
THE ISLANDS OF BENOÎT MANDELBROT: FRACTALS, CHAOS, AND THE MATERIALITY OF THINKING Nina Samuel NY Times
The Italian Painters of the Renaissance B. Berenson King’s College
THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS: THE REVOLUTIONARY DECADE THAT GAVE THE WORLD IMPRESSIONISM ROSS KING Best liberal Arts Colleges
The Killing Art Millsaps College
The Lady and the Unicorn Tracy Chevalier Millsaps College
The Last Nude Ellis Avery Bustle
THE LETTERS OF VINCENT VAN GOGH VINCENT VAN GOGH, ARNOLD J. POMERANS (TRANSLATOR) Best liberal Arts Colleges
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DAVID WOJNAROWICZ: FIRE IN THE BELLY Cynthia Carr NY Times
The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece Jonathan Harr Millsaps College
The Madonnas of Leningrad Debra Dean The Week
The Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa (mystery about the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre) Martin Page Millsaps College
The Matisse Stories A Byatt Millsaps College
The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham Bustle
The New Art History: A Critical Introduction Jonathan Harris Questia
The Originality of the Avantgarde and Other Modernist Myths Readings
The Painted Kiss Elizabeth Hickey Millsaps College
The Painter Will Davenport Millsaps College
The Painter From Shanghai Jennifer Cody Epstein Bustle
The Painter of Modern Life & other Essays C. Baudelaire King’s College
The Passion of Artemisia Millsaps College
The Penguin Dictionary ofArchitecture John Fleming, Hugh Honour, Nikolaus Pevsner King’s College
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again The Guardian
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett Millsaps College
The Pound Era Hugh Kenner The Guardian
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF THE IMPRESSIONISTS SUE ROE Best liberal Arts Colleges
The Rembrandt Panel Oliver Banks Millsaps College
The Renaissance Portrait Readings
The Rich and the Profane Jonathan Gash Millsaps College
The Science of Art: Optical Themes in Western Art fromBrunelleschi to Seurat, New Haven & London, (several eds.) M. Kemp King’s College
The Secret Supper Javier Sierra Millsaps College
The Social Lives of Artistic Property Pablo Helguera, Michael Mandiberg, William Powhida, Amy Whitaker, and Caroline Woolard Art news
The Swan Thieves Elizabeth Kostova Bustle
The Unknown Masterpiece Honoré de Balzac The Guardian
The Voyages of Alfred Wallis Peter Everett Millsaps College
The Way to Paradise Mario Vargas Llosa Millsaps College
The Wayward Muse Millsaps College
The Women T Boyle Millsaps College
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Walter Benjamin Widewalls
Theft Peter Carey Millsaps College
Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book Herschel B. Chipp Lavinia Goes
Tulip Fever Deborah Moggach Millsaps College
Turner’s Sketchbooks Country & Town House
Twentieth-Century American Art (Oxford History of Art) Widewalls
Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West Lucy Lippard Art news
Vision and difference: femininity, feminism and the histories of art, London, 1988 Griselda Pollock King’s College
Voodoo Salon Country & Town House
Waking Raphael Leslie Forbes Millsaps College
WARI: LORDS OF THE ANCIENT ANDES NY Times
Warpaint Stephanie Smith Millsaps College
What’s Bred in the Bone? 1985 (about fictional artist and collector in Toronto) Robertson Davies Millsaps College
WHY BUILDINGS FALL DOWN: WHY STRUCTURES FAIL MATTHYS LEVY, MARIO SALVADORI, KEVIN WOEST Best liberal Arts Colleges
With Violets Elizabeth Robards Millsaps College
Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties Teresa A. Carbone and Kellie Jones; Contributions by Connie Choi, Dalila Scruggs, and Cynthia Young Art news
Woodstock Country & Town House
Word and Image, Leyden 1972 M. Schapiro King’s College
WORLD ARCHITECTURE: A CROSS-CULTURAL HISTORY RICHARD INGERSOLL, SPIRO KOSTOF Best liberal Arts Colleges
World Without End (centered on the life of a fictional 14th-century English architect) Millsaps College
Wycliffe and the Guild of Nine W Burley Millsaps College


Fiction and Non-Fiction Art History Book Sources



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Art A GoGo How to Learn More About Art Part One: Books
Art Books Art History Books
Art news 14 NEW ART-HISTORY BOOKS TO CHANGE YOUR MIND
Best liberal Arts Colleges 50 INSPIRING BOOKS ABOUT ART HISTORY
Bustle 11 Novels Every Art History-Lover Should Pick Up
Concordia University Selected Art History Books in the Concordia Library Collection
Country & Town House Ten best art books of all time
King’s College History of Art reading list
Lavinia Goes 3 ESSENTIAL ART HISTORY BOOKS THAT I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU TO READ
Millsaps College Art History Novels and Films
NY Times Between Two Covers, Wide Worlds of Art
Questia Art History: Selected full-text books and articles
The Guardian Michael Bracewell’s top 10 art books
The Wall Street Journal Five Essential Books on Art History
The Week Susan Vreeland’s 6 favorite books that blend fiction and art history
Widewalls ART HISTORY BOOKS YOU MUST READ
Readings The Books That Shaped Art History

 



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