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Kerry
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Currently reading: The Muse
Interest in HF: Have always loved it. Just listened to the Reith Lectures by Hilary Mantel. So inspired that I've written my own HF novel set in turn-of-the-century Vienna. I'm interested in all fiction and love historical fiction that's well-written and brings the past to life.
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Artists

Postby Kerry » Tue July 18th, 2017, 10:13 pm

I loved Tracy Chevalier's The Girl with the Pearl Earring. Does anyone know of any other novels that look into periods of art history?

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Re: Artists

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed July 19th, 2017, 4:06 pm

my facebook posts https://www.facebook.com/emilylaurencotton are public, generally things I find amusing.
my passions: fair trade, ending slavery, and justice.
"Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects." Will Rogers
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Vanessa
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Currently reading: Strange Magic by Syd Moore
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Re: Artists

Postby Vanessa » Wed July 19th, 2017, 10:03 pm

Van Gogh spent some time in a sanitarium and here's a book, Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher which looks at that. I enjoyed it.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Let-Tell-You-A ... 999&sr=1-1

Another couple of books I enjoyed about art are The Golden tulip by Rosalind Laker and The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant.

https://www.fantasticfiction.com/l/rosa ... -tulip.htm
https://www.fantasticfiction.com/d/sara ... -venus.htm
currently reading: Strange Magic by Syd Moore

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Susan
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Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: Artists

Postby Susan » Thu July 20th, 2017, 2:20 am

Tracy Chevalier also wrote The Lady and the Unicorn, her answer to the mystery of the medieval tapestries that are in the Cluny Museum in Paris - except when I visited the Cluny Museum. We went through the whole museum and didn't see them. When we asked a guard where they were, he said they were on loan to a museum in Japan. :-(

Way back in high school, I read The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo by Irving Stone

Also recommended:
Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell
The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan (inspired by the real-life model for Degas’s Little Dancer Aged Fourteen)

Here's a link to historical novels about artists: http://www.historicalnovels.info/Artists.html
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Lisa
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Favorite HF book: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Preferred HF: Any time period/location. Timeslip, usually prefer female POV. Also love Gothic melodrama.
Location: Northeast Scotland

Re: Artists

Postby Lisa » Thu July 20th, 2017, 11:59 am

Susan wrote:Tracy Chevalier also wrote The Lady and the Unicorn, her answer to the mystery of the medieval tapestries that are in the Cluny Museum in Paris - except when I visited the Cluny Museum. We went through the whole museum and didn't see them. When we asked a guard where they were, he said they were on loan to a museum in Japan. :-(

This happened to us as well! We must have visited around the same time. The rest of the museum was excellent, but I was disappointed not to see the tapestries.

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Susan
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Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: Artists

Postby Susan » Thu July 20th, 2017, 1:17 pm

Lisa wrote:
Susan wrote:Tracy Chevalier also wrote The Lady and the Unicorn, her answer to the mystery of the medieval tapestries that are in the Cluny Museum in Paris - except when I visited the Cluny Museum. We went through the whole museum and didn't see them. When we asked a guard where they were, he said they were on loan to a museum in Japan. :-(

This happened to us as well! We must have visited around the same time. The rest of the museum was excellent, but I was disappointed not to see the tapestries.


I guess we'll have to go to Paris again! :D
~Susan~
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Madeleine
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Currently reading: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch & The Dry by Jane Harper
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: Artists

Postby Madeleine » Thu July 20th, 2017, 1:25 pm

It also happened to a work colleague, who went at the same time and found they weren't there! Would be lovely if they ever came to London ;)
Currently reading "The Dry" by Jane Harper & "The Hanging Tree" by Ben Aaronovitch

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princess garnet
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Re: Artists

Postby princess garnet » Thu July 20th, 2017, 3:48 pm

Wow, I didn't think the tapestries would go on tour! I saw them in 2004 and 2012. They were cleaned and restored not too long ago.

Of interest, I checked the Musee de Cluny website and found an English language description of a tour that includes the famed tapestries:
http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/activites/ ... ieces.html

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Lisa
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Favorite HF book: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Preferred HF: Any time period/location. Timeslip, usually prefer female POV. Also love Gothic melodrama.
Location: Northeast Scotland

Re: Artists

Postby Lisa » Fri July 21st, 2017, 9:58 am

Susan wrote:
Lisa wrote:
Susan wrote:Tracy Chevalier also wrote The Lady and the Unicorn, her answer to the mystery of the medieval tapestries that are in the Cluny Museum in Paris - except when I visited the Cluny Museum. We went through the whole museum and didn't see them. When we asked a guard where they were, he said they were on loan to a museum in Japan. :-(

This happened to us as well! We must have visited around the same time. The rest of the museum was excellent, but I was disappointed not to see the tapestries.


I guess we'll have to go to Paris again! :D

Yup! I would be happy to see the rest of the museum again anyway. Then the little garden outside is a lovely quiet spot to have a picnic lunch :)

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Margaret
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Favorite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
Location: Catskill, New York, USA
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Re: Artists

Postby Margaret » Mon August 14th, 2017, 2:59 pm

There's a ton of novels about artists. I made a list a few years ago and posted it here. It's in two parts. Part I starts with the excellent Girl With a Pearl Earring and covers prehistory through the 17th century; Part II covers the 18th and 19th centuries and overlaps a bit into the early 20th century with Gustav Klimt. I haven't updated it in a while, so novels written in the last few years don't appear on it yet - but there's still plenty to choose from!
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