Ruth Millington books in order
Ruth Millington is a British art historian, critic and author of non-fiction and children’s books.
Upon successfully finishing an MA program in art history at the University of Oxford, Millington dedicated five years of her professional career to working for various museums and galleries all over the United Kingdom, key among them being the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art and famous modern art dealership Connaught Brown.
She has made appearances as an art expert on radio and TV, including BBC Breakfast, Woman’s Hour, ITV News, and many more, while her writing has been featured on national newspapers, including the Telegraph, the i, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Daily Mail and Express.
Adept with matters of art history, Millington has spoken at The 92nd Street Y, New York, Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Holburne Museum, the University of Oxford and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where she leads the Careers Service.
Genres: Children's Book, Non-fiction
- This Book Will Make You An Artist (2024)
- Muse: Uncovering the Hidden Figures Behind Art History's Masterpieces (2022)
Detailed book overview
Jam-packed with imaginative ideas for all kinds of creative crafts . . . this book will make YOU an artist!
Pick up your pencils, collect your collage materials, and take inspiration from 25 of the world’s best-known artists in this fact-filled book full of activities.
Discover famous masterpieces through the included photographs of real works of art — from ancient cave painting to contemporary performance — and lots more in between!
The fascinating true stories of thirty incredible muses—and their role in some of art history's most well-known masterpieces.
We instantly recognize many of their faces from the world's most iconic artworks—but just who was Picasso's 'Weeping Woman'? Or the burglar in Francis Bacon's oeuvre? Why was Grace Jones covered in graffiti? Far from posing silently, muses have brought emotional support, intellectual energy, career-changing creativity, and practical help to artists.
However, the perception of the muse is that of a passive, powerless model (usually young, attractive, and female) at the mercy of an influential and older male artist. Could this impression be incorrect and unfair? Is this trope a romanticized myth? Have people embraced, even sought, the status of muse? Most importantly, where would artists be without them? In Muse, Ruth Millington's goal is to re-assess and re-claim that word in a celebratory narrative that takes ownership and demonstrates how outdated the common perception of that word is.
Muse also explores the idea of ‘muse’ in a different way and includes performance artists and celebrities, iconic figures we perhaps haven’t considered before as muses, such as Tilda Swinton and Grace Jones. By delving into the real-life relationships that models have held with the artists who immortalized them, it will expose the influential and active part they have played in contributing to the artwork they inspired, and explore the various ways people have subverted stereotypical ‘muse’ roles.