Chapter 7. Art Fiction

  1. Dana Arnold Professor of Architectural History
  1. H. Perry Chapman Professor of Art History

Published Online: 18 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324716.ch7

Art History

Art History

How to Cite

Chapman, H. P. (2010) Art Fiction, in Art History (ed D. Arnold), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324716.ch7

Editor Information

  1. University of Southampton UK

Author Information

  1. University of Delaware, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 14 MAY 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333596

Online ISBN: 9781444324716



  • art fiction;
  • fiction about artists and art - parallel extra-academy, extra-museum art history;
  • three recent novels, drawing on - fictionalizing early modern Netherlandish painters and paintings;
  • art-historical fiction, thriving - art history pervading other fiction genres;
  • realist art, stimulating literary imagination;
  • art-historical fiction, like historical fiction - illuminating the past or distorting the past;
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy, revealing notions of genius;
  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue, ‘provenance fiction’ - whether fictional painting by painter is authentic or a mere fake;
  • Martin Clay's appeal lying in his enthusiasm and his tendency - imagining himself in Bruegel's paintings;
  • ‘Adagia’ - brief morality tale, adage brought to life - nineteenth-century Dutch equivalent of a Victorian middle-class milieu


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Girl with a Pearl Earring

  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue

  • Headlong