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BookArt: 30 Stunning Classic Paintings of Reading People

Ars longi, vita brevis For centuries, artists all over the world have demonstrated the amazing ability to capture the diverse moments of human life. Earlier I have already featured here the set of pictures that showed reading kids. This time let’s continue the journey without any limitations: today’s collection captures readers of all ages and…

BookArt: 30 Stunning Classic Paintings of Reading People

Ars longi, vita brevis

For centuries, artists all over the world have demonstrated the amazing ability to capture the diverse moments of human life. Earlier I have already featured here the set of pictures that showed reading kids. This time let’s continue the journey without any limitations: today’s collection captures readers of all ages and in a variety of environments. The presented artworks have been painted by the artists of different times and moved through decades keeping the magic of the moment when readers are absorbed with a world opened by the books. Welcome to enjoy.

Just click or tap on any illustration to see them in the gallery mode.


By Steven Christopher Seward


By Emil Brack


By Vladimir Volegov


By Walter Firle


By Jim Daly


By George Goodwin Kilburne


By James Pelham


By James Wells Champney


By Franz von Defregger


By Albert Anker


By Carl Spitzweg


By Francis John Wyburd


By Abraham van Strij


By William Wood


By Edwin Henry Landseer


By Albert Chevallier Tayler


By Arthur John Elsley


By James Charles


By Albert Bartholome


By Richard Boyer


By M. Knoop


By Edouard John Mentha


By Ilia Galkin


By Jean Monti


By Michael Peter Ancher


By Albert Anker


By Carlton Alfred Smith


By Hermann von Kaulbach


By Johann Georg Meyer


By Carl Spitzweg




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