Artists, both historical and contemporary, have been captivated by books. From Rembrandt¬ís mother studying the Bible, to Edvard Munch asleep next to a brothel madam reading a book after a bacchanal, to Picasso, who was never seen holding a book, this charming little volume offers up a fascinating spectrum of paintings from all epochs and genres. They all have one thing in common: whether conspicuously in the middle, or hidden on the edge, each of these paintings features one or more books. A book in a painting is not only a bridge between literature and the visual arts, it also elucidates content, references, and relationships in the paintings, shedding light on their background and providing insight into the painter¬ís attitude. In this way, books and paintings have carried on an entertaining dialogue between text and image throughout the history of culture.