Going by the book: a collector’s guide to the best reads on art

With more time our hands to research the arts works that inspire us, Ros Drinkwater asked some well-known art auctioneers to recommend the best writers on art and collecting

29th March, 2020
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Portrait of Madame Helleu by Paul César Helleu at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen: the wife of the painter lies in the grass reading a book, possibly about art Picture: Getty

The phrase ‘cabin fever’ entered the lexicon in the 18th century when people were forced to self-isolate during a typhus epidemic. What goes around comes around and we are experiencing a tsunami of advice on how to counter self-isolation.

For mental stimulation, there’s nothing to beat a thumping good read. A book I strongly recommend is Robert Hughes’s memoir, Things I Didn’t Know, available on Amazon.

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