Art Books


Art Books is a free discussion group open to all Artists Council members via Zoom and held on the third Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 18, 2021, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.  Here is the reading schedule for the next few months, including the dates for the group's summer hiatus:

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Raphael, Painter in Rome: A Novel
--by Stephanie Storey
With its gorgeous writing, rich settings, endearing characters, and riveting plot, this
novel brings to vivid life two Renaissance masters going head-to-head in the deadly
halls of the Vatican: Michelangelo and Rafael. When Pope Julius II calls both artists
down to Rome, they are pitted against each other -- Michelangelo painting the ceiling

of the Sistine Chapel, while Raphael decorates the Pope's private apartments.


Summer Break


Tuesday, September 21, 2021
The Private Lives of the Impressionists
--by Sue Row
This book follows an extraordinary group of artists into their Paris studios, down the
rural lanes of Montmartre, and into the rowdy riverside bars of a city undergoing
monumental change. Vivid and unforgettable, it casts a brilliant, revealing light on this
unparalleled society of genius colleagues who lived and worked together for 20
years and transformed the art world forever with their breathtaking depictions of
ordinary life.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Francis Bacon in Your Blood
--by Michael Peppiatt
The author met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to request an
interview for a student magazine he was editing. They began a friendship and a no-
holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death 30 years later. In
this intimate and deliberately indiscreet account, Bacon is shown close-up, grand and
petty, tender and treacherous by turn, and often quite unlike the myth that has grown up
around him. This is a speaking portrait, a living likeness, of a defining artist of our times.


Art Books is led by Gary Borgstedt. For more information on how to participate, please contact Gary at