This post is brought to you in part by My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russel, which I loved. Not to spoil anything major but there is a part in the book where they are comparing books to paintings, and I thought it’d be interesting to do the same, especially because I really am fascinated by art and would love to learn more about famous paintings myself!
The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
This oil on canvas painting, which currently resides in the MoMA, was created by Van Gogh in 1889 while he was staying at the mental hospital of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. Considering that the surrounding area of the hospital does not look anything like the one in the painting, it can be concluded that he painted The Starry Night completely from imagination. This painting really reminds me of the book cover for Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer – the book is about a meteor knocking the moon closer to earth, and as a result causes tidal waves, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes, among other natural disasters that harm the planet. The stars and moon really stand out to me in both works; everything seems calm and peaceful, and I find it interesting that the illusion of calmness is present in both, despite reality being so different.
Creazione di Adamo by Michelangelo
The Creation of Adam – or Creazione di Adamo – was painted in 1511 by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. This fresco, which only took SIXTEEN DAYS to finish, represents the birth of humanity from the Book of Genesis in the Bible. This painting reminds me of the cover of Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin. This book is the second in a series about a Supervulcano eruption and how the two main characters, Alex and Darla, are surviving it. The hands in both represent new life, and are even positioned in a similar way!
I’d love to continue doing this with more book and painting pairs! Let me know if there are any you want to see. 🙂