Every wonder who those women were behind some of the most famous art in the world? Well, at least Western art? Now’s your chance to find out.
From the book description:
“Juliet Heslewood, art historian and author of Mother: Portraits by 40 Great Artists, brings together a collection of portraits of artists’ lovers, through history to the present day. The evolution of such a portrait begins with a unique and intimate relationship. These lovers were important to the artists, each one making an appearance upon canvas or paper, in plaster or stone. Exploring notions of forbidden love, lover as muse, as spouse, as life-long friend, the author tells the stories behind each of the works featured, and what they tell us about the artist, their relationships and their place in history. From Raphael, Rubens and Rossetti to Klimt and Hockney, over forty portraits make up this collection of artists’ lovers. A fascinating combination of biographical anecdote and art history, it is also a celebration of relationships, partnership and love.
Juliet Heslewood studied the History of Art at London University and later gained an MA in English Literature at Toulouse. For over twenty-five years she lived in France where she devised and led study tours on art and architecture as well as continuing her writing career. Her books include The History of Western Painting for young people which was translated into twelve languages. She also wrote its companion on sculpture and Introducing Picasso. She has published collections of world folk-tales. Juliet now lives in Oxfordshire where she continues to write on both art and folklore and is a freelance lecturer in the History of Art.”
And here is a review from the London Telegraph.