PAINT­ING A STORY

TO­DAY, OUR HOMES ARE SO FULL OF THEM THAT THEY NO LONGER SEEM RE­MARK­ABLE. BUT LOOK­ING AT THE WAY BOOKS HAVE BEEN DE­PICTED ON CAN­VAS CAN RE­VEAL A SUR­PRIS­ING AMOUNT ABOUT HOW WE LIVE

The Simple Things - - THINK - Com­piled by FRANCES AM­BLER

Our shelves may groan with books, but these ob­jects were once the pos­ses­sion only of the most wealthy, grad­u­ally be­com­ing ac­ces­si­ble to more peo­ple. They’ve ap­peared in all kinds of paint­ings from all over the world – as seen in the im­pres­sive scope of works fea­tured in Books Do Fur­nish a Paint­ing – mov­ing from the hands of priests and schol­ars to be­come a com­mon fea­ture of our cul­tural and do­mes­tic lives. By the time of most of these paint­ings, they’d be­come a sym­bol of in­ti­macy, com­fort and es­capism – isn’t that ev­ery­thing you’d want when you pick up a good read?

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