Ever since Gutenberg invented the printing press which enabled everyone to read books, artists have tried to portray the relationship of a reader and his/her book.
Garrett Stewart’s book, The Look of Reading: Book, Painting, Text, explores the relationship of reading and art.
We are familiar with words describing images, but not so familiar with images describing words and the impact reading has on our lives.
Artists from Rembrandt to Picasso have explored the interaction of people with their books.
Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old, rich and poor, reading books. Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular, they are, for a time, transported to another world.
Reading a good book is a universal activity, and people read while they do just about everything else.
Susan Sontag said, “The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality…” The same can be said for reading books
“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” — Erasmus