Tuesday 19 August 2008

Cry me a river

I've never cried in an art gallery. Books regularly end with me in a snuffly heap - from a book about a grizzly bear going to his death when I was about 7, through to Hilary's Mantel's French Revolution epic which had me bawling into my pillow on Monday night - but nary a tear before a work of art.

Maybe James Elkin can help me. I've just found out that his 2001 book Pictures and Tears : A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings is (almost entirely, as far as I can make it out) reproduced on Google Books.

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