Looking for the best books on art? Browse through our interviews to find excellent book recommendations on the subject—to expand your own library, or for use as gifts to give to the artist or art obsessive in your family. Martin Kemp on Leonardo da Vinci, Noel Carroll on the philosophy of art, Rachel Cohen on writing about art, and more.
Painting is not what it used to be. With materials and photography close to hand, it’s easy to forget the sheer labour involved in producing an Old Master canvas. What does studio method – the making of masterpieces – tell us about artistic genius, then and now? Painter Jane Jelley considers the question using Johannes Vermeer as her starting point.