Recommended Reading

If you like art or museums, check out these books. I’ve listed my favorite fiction and nonfiction including novels, textbooks, biographies, and more. I'll update this page as I make new discoveries. If you have your own suggestions or think that I left something out, let me know in the comments!


Martin, Steve (yes, the comedian!), An Object of Beauty: A Novel.

Vidal, Gore, The Smithsonian Institution: A Novel.


Boser, Ulrich, The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft.

Connor, Myles, The Art of the Heist: Confessions of a Master Art Thief, Rock-and-Roller,and Prodigal Son.

Edsel, Robert and Bret Witter, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.

Sadinsky, Rachael, A Collector's Vision: The 1910 Bequest of Matthias H. Arnot.

Shand-Tucci, Douglas, The Art of Scandal: The Life and Times of Isabella Stewart Gardner (The book I love to hate!).

Weil, Stephen, Making Museums Matter.


Buck, Rebecca and Jean Allman Gilmore, Museum Registration Methods.

Chu, Petra ten-Doesschate, Nineteenth-Century European Art.

Kleiner, Fred, Gardner's Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume II.

Klonk, Charlotte, Spaces of Experience: Art Gallery Interiors from 1800 to 2000.

Malaro, Marie, A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections.

McClellan, Andrew, The Art Museum from Boullée to Bilbao.

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