Gorgeous Paintings Inspired by Books

We've created a mini-museum of our favorite paintings inspired by books. Did we miss a good one? Tell us about it in the comments!

We love it when artists look to books for their inspiration.

It’s a poignant experience – looking at paintings inspired by books, seeing how an artist pulls the images off the page and places them on the canvas. We’ve gathered work by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Sir John Everett Millais, and more!

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

Down the Rabbit Hole, Salvador Dali

down rabbit hole salvador dali(1969) Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Ophelia, Sir John Everett Millais

Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais, Bt 1829-1896(1851) Inspired by Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Studio 1901

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy(2010) Inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Revenge, Edward Strong

The Count of Monte Cristo(2006) Inspired by The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Helen of Troy, Evelyn De Morgan

helen of troy evelyn de morgan(1898) Inspired by Greek myth

Don Quixote, Pablo Picasso

don quixote pablo picasso(1955) Inspired by Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes

About Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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