Reading As Artists' Muse
In last week's Ink Splot 26 entry of my top five favorite book covers, I touched on the theme of art inspiring writers; such was the case for F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic for adults, The Great Gatsby. This got me thinking: what other writers have written books based on a painting or piece of artwork they've seen? This question then motivated me to take a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art one Saturday afternoon to see if any of the paintings, sculptures, or photographs would move me to start writing.
As I walked around The Met I realized that as much as art has inspired writers, writing/reading has equally inspired artists. From paintings dating back to before the Renaissance through 18th- and 19th-century European portrait paintings and into the artwork of the 20th century and today, I could see that artists have long viewed the act of reading and/or writing as a type of muse.
Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself!
And now I bet you're wondering: did walking around The Met and looking at different pieces of art inspire me to write anything? Well, it did in fact . . . you're reading it! :-)
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer