Mark your calendars: this Friday, February 7th, is the opening of the Monuments Men. The movie, based on true events, is about a group of men and women who, during WWII, volunteered for the special Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section. Their mission was to save and protect all European art trapped behind enemy lines. And, if that’s not enough to make art history buffs swoon – George Clooney directed and stars in the film.
Based on a true story, The Rescue Artist is about the incredible theft of one of the world’s most famous paintings – Edvard Munch’s Scream – in the winter of 1994. Readers will be transported deep into the art underworld, and meet a cast of curious characters, including the brilliant, yet foolhardy Charley Hill, the thief himself.
Ever look at a piece of artwork and wonder what – or who – inspired it? In the Lives of Muses, Francine Prose discusses the intricate relationship between an artist and their muse by examining true-life celebrity muses such as Yoko Ono, Lee Miller, and Gala Dali.
For aficionados in Renaissance art, this is the book for you. The Feud that Sparked the Renaissance is an intricate tale of artistic genius centered around the design and construction of the world-famous Duomo in Florence.
If you’re in the mood for a World War II thriller, you might want to give the Forger’s Spell a try. This novel is all about impersonation, deception, and of course, art.
If none of these titles catches your discerning eye, check out the rest of our Art History lit collection. And remember – you’ve only got two days to get amped up for the Monument Men, so hurry up and get reading!