Literature Lists

Looking for a good book? There are so many it’s hard to choose! Here are some of my non-fiction favorites.

On Rome:

  • The Companion Guide to Rome by Georgina Masson
  • Rome: The Biography of a City by Christopher Hibbert
  • Bernini: His Life and His Rome by Franco Mormando
  • The Borgias by Christopher Hibbert
  • I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  • Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King
  • The Private Lives of the Roman Emperors by Anthony Blond
  • Anything by Mary Beard

On Art and Art History:

  • The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich
  • Ways of Seeing by John Berger
  • The Success and Failure of Picasso by John Berger
  • On Beauty: A History of a Western Idea by Umberto Eco
  • Leonardo Da Vinci: The Flights of the Mind by Charles Nicholl
  • The Power of Art by Simon Schama
  • Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King
  • The Judgment of Paris by Ross King
  • Bernini: His Life and His Rome by Franco Mormando

On Fashion:

  • Shocking Life by Elsa Schiaparelli
  • The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris by Alicia Drake
  • Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber
  • Couture Culture: A Study in Modern Art and Fashion by Nancy J. Troy