Why You Should Care About Art

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…

The Thinker and I at the Rodin Museum in Paris



Warhol’s Silver Clouds at The Warhol in Pittsburgh


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…

Rubens’ Entombment at The Getty in Los Angeles

… And loneliness.

Hopper’s Morning Sun at the Columbus Museum in Ohio


Connects you with artists you’ve never met…

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam 


…And to people you might never have known.

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

Brings families together.

From Inside/Out at the Detroit Institute of Art

Surprises you.

Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres Spain

Gives you courage.

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

Lights up your life.

South Rose Window of Notre Dame in Paris

Asks YOU to create something of your own.

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

Lets you walk in the snow…

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

…Under a Sunrise…

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…

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


Botticelli’s La Primavera at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

…and love.

The Cathedral at the Rodin Museum in Pittsburgh

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

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

Forces you to examine war…

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

…and fear.

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

Makes you question everything…

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

…Yet believe anything is possible.

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.


4 thoughts on “Why You Should Care About Art

  1. Hear hear! I am a show musician on tour almost constantly for years at a time, and the greatest advantage of such a life is the ability to visit whatever art museum exists in the town you’re visiting this week. No matter how small or undistinguished, every art museum has something worth seeing — or that’s been my experience, and a tremendously rewarding one. I also am of the philosophy “SEE IT NOW.” We tend to assume great works of art will always be accessible for us to enjoy, and it may not be so. 20 years ago I visited Assisi. Many would consider the Upper Basilica of St. Francis a religious edifice, and they’d be right, but I considered it one of the world’s great art galleries. And many of its treasures were destroyed in an earthquake shortly after I saw them. I’ve never been so glad of anything as that I made that pilgrimage to Assisi when I did. Two weeks ago in Ascoli Piceno, a charming town in central Italy near the Adriatic, we ducked for an hour into the Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea after passing it every day as we walked to the town’s many piazzi. There we unexpectedly discovered the paintings of Osvaldo Licini (1894-1958) who was born in or near Ascoli. His art is so fresh and invigorating even today that I was captivated and uplifted by it. Even now I can’t get it out of my mind. How could there have been such a marvelous and imaginative artist, and I not know about him? Bring some of his paintings up on Google Images and you’ll see what I mean. But to encounter his work, I had to stumble on it down a cobblestone street. It reaffirmed my determination to poke around wherever I go and see what hidden treasure lies just out of sight for our enrichment and joy.

    Thanks for your blog,
    Wayne Green

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    1. Thank you for your story, Wayne. It’s such a wonderful lesson to keep looking for art in unexpected places. I love little, random galleries, just for that reason… And that recent earthquake in Italy scared me, not only for the people, but for the art, too. Keep traveling! 🙂


  2. Wonderful comments, wonderful art choices. Our book club at our CCRC reviewed your wonderful book. I am fortunate to be the moderator. We had 37 participants all of whom had viisited David & Mona Lisa. We are looking forward to your next book. I know Vanderbilt is very honored and proud to have you as n alum.

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    1. Thank you, Don! I’m glad your book club enjoyed Oil and Marble. It’s still so strange — and wonderful — that people are out there, reading my novel… Please tell your book club I said, “Hello and happy reading!”


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