Art Presentations by Wendy Evans



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Books on specific styles or artists

Reference books and textbooks

Great novels on art themes 

Art Videos


Caroline Vout
Sex on Show:
Seeing the Erotic
in Greece and Rome 

The ancient Greeks and Romans were not shy about sex.  Nor is this beautifully illustrated book. It discusses what erotic images meant to the classical world.


Simon Houpt
Museum of the Missing:
A History of Art Theft 

This tells the story of art thefts and offers a gallery of those of the works discussed, both those recovered and those still missing.

Erika Passantino (ed)
The Eye of Duncan Phillips:
A Collection in the Making 

More than a catalog this lavishly illustrated book details the importance of Duncan Phillips in the building of taste for modernist art in America. 



Judith F.Dolkart et al
The Barnes Foundation:

Beautifully illustrated with a good analysis of the ideas of Albert C. Barnes on art and education.


Andrew Robison et al
Albrecht Durer:
Master Drawings, Watercolors
and Prints from the Albertina 

Catalog in connection with exhibition of same title held in 
the National Gallery, Washington, DC in 2013. 



Lady Fiona,
Countess of Carnarvon
Lady Almina
and the Real Downton Abbey 

The current Countess writes about her predecessor Almina, Countess during WWI. 


Thomas Hoving
  Makng the Mummies Dance

Former director of the Metropolitan Museum of New York tells a lively tale of his tenure at the museum,  describing art works bought and pulling no punches in writing about curators, board members and donors.

Simon Singh
The Code: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography

Fascinating reading on code breaking for anyone interested in how hieroglyphics and cuneiform were deciphered.

Deborah Davis
John Singer Sargent
and the Fall of Madame X

Interesting background story of Sargent's infamous painting and its model.

Paul Hills
The Light of Early Italian Painting

In depth study of the changes in ideas about light that culminated in Massaccio's work in the Brancacci Chapel.


John Anderson
  Stealing Rembrandts:
The Untold Stories of
Notorious Art Heists

The true tales of art thefts around the world by one who knows - the head of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  


Robert Edsel, Bret Witter
  The Monuments Men:
Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves,
and the Greatest Treasure Hunt 
in History

How a team of archivists, museum curators, artists and art historians worked behind enemy lines to rescue and preserve Europe's art heritage from destruction by the Nazis.


John Anderson
  Art Held Hostage:
The Battle over the Barnes Collection

The inside story to the various controversies about the celebrated eccentric collection of Alfred Barnes culminating in the effort to allow its move to Philadelphia.


The Art of the Steal

DVD on the controversial move of the Barnes Collection to Philadelphia with interviews with many of the participants.  
"The Art of the Steal, is so adamantly against the relocation that it feels as if the viewer is watching evidence presented in a murder trial."


Anne Higonnet
  Berthe Morisot

A well-illustrated and interesting biography of this wonderful Impressionist artist.  See Art Quotations


Mary Mathews Gedo
Monet and his Muse:
Camille Monet in the Artist's Life

An interesting and scholarly look at the relationship between Claude Monet and his first wife.


Hugo Chapman et al
Raphael: From Urbino to Rome

Catalog of exhibition held in the National Gallery, London in 2004-5.  It reproduces not only Raphael's paintings but several of the preparatory drawings.


William E. Wallace
The Complete Sculpture, Painting, Architecture

A treasury of  good illustrations combined with writing by a Michelangelo scholar.


Noah Charney
The Art Thief
, 2007

Written by the leading expert on the history of art crime, this novel is not only a good story but includes information about art,  artists, and art restoration.


  Art Through the Ages
14th edition

The latest edition of the standard college textbook.


Linda Banks Downs
Diego Rivera:
The Detroit Industry Murals

The best source for information and images about the Detroit Institute of Arts murals by Diego Rivera.  The story behind the murals, tales of Diego and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, and much much more.


Edward Dolnick
The Rescue Artist

A true story that reads like a crime novel.  Describes art thefts and those who solve them including Charley Hill the American art detective who poses as various characters to gain trust of art theives.

Martin Caparros

A novel based on the real story of the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911.

For a non-fictional account read Seymour Reit The Day they Stole the Mona Lisa.

Seymour Reit
The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa

A good account of the 1911 theft, the Italian who stole the painting and the French con-man who masterminded the theft.

George Ferguson
Signs and Symbols
in Christian Art

Best reference book for decoding images in Christian paintings.

 Do you know who is the saint holding her eye balls? 

Who typically wears blue and gold?


James Hall
Dictionary of Signs and Symbols
in Art

Best reference book for decoding art - and learning about heros, gods and goddesses.

David Hockney
Secret Knowledge:
Rediscovering the Lost Techniques
of the Old Masters

Fascinating examination of the possibility that artists as far back as the 15th century used optical devices like mirrors and prisms to cast images they traced to help them produce accurate and detailed paintings.

Hockey uses his skills as an artist to help make his case and provides many detailed images of Old Master paintings to demonstrate his thesis.


Michael Frayn

Well-written good story that will leave you knowing a lot more about Pieter Bruegel's paintings and about human folly.



Art is not a matter of what you see,
it's a question of what you can make others see.


Edgar Degas