I’m an art-historical novelist, so obviously I care about art.

But why should you — with your busy days, stressful job, growing kids, dinners to make, dishes to wash, and plenty of binge-able TV to keep you entertained — care?

Because art…

Makes you think…

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The Thinker and I at the Rodin Museum in Paris

 

…Laugh…

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Warhol’s Silver Clouds at The Warhol in Pittsburgh

…Cheer…

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Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People at the Louvre in Paris

…And learn.

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Turner and the Sea Mood o’Meter Rebecca, Hannah, Esme and Abigail Goodwin at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA

Gives you a glimpse of loss…

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Rubens’ Entombment at The Getty in Los Angeles

… And loneliness.

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Hopper’s Morning Sun at the Columbus Museum in Ohio

 

Connects you with artists you’ve never met…

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Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam 

 

…And to people you might never have known.

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Ingres’ Comtesse d’Haussonville at the Frick Collection in New York City

Brings families together.

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From Inside/Out at the Detroit Institute of Art

Surprises you.

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Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres Spain

Gives you courage.

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Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Lights up your life.

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South Rose Window of Notre Dame in Paris

Asks YOU to create something of your own.

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All School Exhibition at Springfield Art Museum in Missouri (students display art)

Lets you walk in the snow…

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Childe Hassam’s Winter Midnight at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio

…Under a Sunrise…

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Monet’s Impression: Sunrise at the Musee Marmottan Monet in Paris

…Or through the woods…

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Durand’s Kindred Spirits. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR

Brings into your life beauty…

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Raphael’s Madonna della Seggiola in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence

…Harmony…

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Botticelli’s La Primavera at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

…and love.

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The Cathedral at the Rodin Museum in Pittsburgh

Is our shared human history, recorded with drama and empathy.

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Goya’s Third of May at Museo del Prado in Madrid

Forces you to examine war…

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Picasso’s Guernica at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid

…and fear.

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Munch’s The Scream at the National Gallery in Oslo, Norway

Makes you question everything…

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Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, CA. Rotating exhibits.

…Yet believe anything is possible.

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Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery in Florence

So get yourself to a museum today, tomorrow, this weekend. Your life will be better for it.

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