7 Great Books for Art Lovers

Even when depicted by the written word, something about visual art is so compelling. Though the media are very different, they go together as well as song and dance, and lovers of art and books love to watch those worlds collide. Whether ekphrasis, narrative or even biography, these texts are great books for art lovers.



The texts detailed above are the best books for art lovers I’ve been able to find—and I hope you enjoy and learn from them as much as I did.


Mary Kay is a horror enthusiast, sideshow lover, and prose writer from south of Atlanta. Her true crime novel, America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster is available for pre-order, and you can hear her analysis (and jokes) about scary movies on the podcast, Everything Trying to Kill You. You can read her tweets @mkmcbrayer.