Carol Colclough Strickland

New eBook on Impressionist Art Coming Soon: From Paris Pavements to the Shores of the Seine

Looking from Musée d'Orsay over Seine towards the Louvre

mosaic of Empress Theodora and her retinue, San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy, 547 AD

Carol Colclough Strickland

Biography and Announcement: Historical Novel is Now Available as an eBook

The Eagle and the Swan: a tale of Empress Theodora and Emperor Justinian in 6th-century Constantinople: how the swan dancer and the swineherd became rulers and revolutionaries, or Sex and the City Meets I, Claudius.

Cover of The Eagle and the Swan

Carol Strickland is a freelance writer and regular correspondent on art, architecture, and culture for The Christian Science Monitor and Art in America magazine. Her two books on art and architecture, The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern and The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture, were both Book of the Month Club selections. They have been printed in many translations. The Annotated Mona Lisa is in its second edition, having sold more than 400,000 copies and is frequently listed as's best-selling art book. Other recent books include: The Illustrated Timeline of Art History, The Illustrated Timeline of Western Literature, Aris Kalaizis: Rubbacord, Making Sky, and Paul Waldman: Eros, Art, and Magic.

Strickland has contributed scores of feature stories on the arts, film, literature, and theater to The New York Times, as well as publications like The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and magazines like Art & Antiques, The Nation, Civilization, American Theater, Garden Design, and Downbeat. She writes feature stories on the arts for Art in America magazine and The Christian Science Monitor.

She has a Ph.D., specializing in American Literature and Culture, from the University of Michigan. Strickland is a former college professor, having worked at Stony Brook University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, Southampton College, and LaGuardia Community College. Her film scripts have been produced as documentaries and broadcast on cable television, as well as used in college curricula. Her feature-film screenplays have won prizes in national script competitions. Strickland lives and works in Long Island and New York City.

Annotated Mona Lisa has a facebook page with updates on arts happenings. Strickland contributes reflections on the current cultural scene via twitter (@​carolartbeat). Her historical novel, The Eagle and the Swan, has been released as an eBook by Erudition Digital. It is available on at the kindle store and from the book website, http:/​/​ The novel has a facebook page and twitter account: @​eagleandtheswan. The first installment of an enhanced version of the eBook is viewable on the book website. It can be downloaded for free and includes maps, timelines, images, and supplementary information.

Strickland's latest venture is a soon-to-be-released enhanced eBook tracing the birth and flowering of the French Impressionist movement. "Masterpieces of Art: Impressionism" will be available from Erudition Digital of London in the autumn of 2014.

Selected Works

Historical Novel, Feminist History, Enhanced eBook
Succinct, accessible survey of art history, "a browser’s delight, as well as an authoritative reference."
Architecture A-Z: styles, stars, movers, and movements that define the history of architecture.
As introduction or refresher course, provides a brisk overview of literary achievement through the ages.
From cave paintings to contemporary art in a nutshell
Monograph on contemporary German painter, Aris Kalaizis, Hermer Verlag, 2009
Essay titled "Detour as a Route to Unity and Order"
"A Dangerous Beauty" essay on Waldman's oeuvre