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Writings On Art & Artists

Pencil, Justin Bradshaw.  Talismans of time, Justin Bradshaw's Things float detached in their own dreamlike space, so astonishingly lifelike, you could pluck them from the picture and carry them away.

Art & Artists have been an obsession of mine for decades.  My novels: Loving Modigliani The Afterlife of Jeanne Hébuterne, Signatures in Stone: A Bomarzo Mystery, The Etruscan, and Katherine's Wish, are all set in artists' enclaves of the 1920s & deal with the lives of artists, predominantly women artists, the struggle to balance artistic expression with the demands of interpersonal relationships -- and our  striving to live beyond time through art. See my guest post in Art in Fiction on the role and influence of art in my fiction.

Loving Modigliani & Signatures in Stone have been popular art book club picks.

My creative writing book The Soul of Place: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci has been adopted not only by creative writers, but by visual artists, filmmakers, and photographers and was incorporataed into Janice Mason Steeves Painting Workshops in the Wild Program.

Below you will find a list of my published writings on art & artists with links. Click on the boldface titles in red to open.


Missing Person in Montparnasse: The Case of Jeanne Hébuterne    from the Literary Review, Pushcart Nominee.


 Dada Queen in the Bad Boys' Club: Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven    from the Southwest Review


Decoding the Secrets of Italian Story-Telling Gardens    from Messy Nessy Chic


Writings on Niki de Saint Phalle

Niki De Saint Phalle: Creating the Tarot Garden

Niki De Saint Phalle: From Traditional Iconography to Personal Vision of the Tarot

The above blogs were condensed as a guest post for The Painted Palazzo


Contemporary Artists in Italy

 Justin Bradshaw: British Artist Working in Italy For Three Decades

 Contemporary Ceramic Artist Giuseppe Utano 


 More on Jeanne Hébuterne & Modigliani

Following Jeanne & Modi Through Paris

The Paris of Jeanne & Modi, Then & Now

Deep Mapping the Paris of Jeanne Hebuterne



Prehistoric & Ancient Art and Architecture

The Storied Stones of Pranu Muttedu

 Prehistoric Art & Architecture in Sardinia

Sacred Wells in Sardinia 

Etruscan Art & Culture in The Etruscan


Miscellaneous Essays & Reviews

 Courbet L'Origine from After the Art

 Review of Artists in Residence by Melissa Wyse and Kate Lewis  from Rain Taxi

 Review of The Vanished Collection by Pauline Baer de Perignon. from Rain Taxi

 Review of Bloom, On Becoming an Artist Later in Life by Janice Mason Steeves from the California Review of Books

 Review of L'Origine The Secret History of the World's Most Erotic Masterpiece by Lilianne Milgrom from the California Review of Books



Linda Lappin has translated three volumes for the University of Chicago Press History of Rome and Roman Culture series:

 Public Lettering: Script, Power & Culture, Armando Petrucci

 Bernini:  Flights of Love The Art of Devotion, Giovanni Careri

 Roman Women, Augusto Fraschetti