14 classic works of art -- with books!
Sometimes the book was a prop; sometimes it was a symbol; other times, it was actually being read. These 14 works of art from eight nations span six centuries, and books are found in all of them. The art seems to tell a story: that books have been essential to cultures worldwide and across all ages. Maybe the portraits of the future will pose us with our e-readers in hand.
All of the works come from the from LACMA's online collection and all are in the public domain.
Portrait of the Misses Mary and Emily McEuen( Los Angeles County Museum of Art )
Portrait of the Misses Mary and Emily McEuen by Thomas Sully, 1823. Born in England, Sully painted this portrait of the bookish sisters in America.
Oil on canvas. Canvas: 44 1/4 x 34 1/4 in. (112.4 x 87 cm) Frame: 55 x 45 x 4 1/2 in. (139.7 x 114.3 x 11.43 cm)Gift of Jo Ann and Julian Ganz Jr. in honor of the museum's 40th anniversary (M.2008.222)