unigo_skin
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
 

Themes

Art, like literature, can open up new worlds. Unfortunately we can't reach into a Cezanne and try a piece of fruit or ask the Mona Lisa why she's smiling, but in the world of City of Bones, it's possible for a work of art to hide tangible secrets that you can pull out of it. Plus, City of Bones not only features a main character who aspires to be an artist and whose mother is an artist, but it also features a lot of references to famous artists, both classical and modern.

Questions About Art and Culture

  1. How does Clary's art background affect the way she views the world?
  2. What other benefits does Clary's art background give her?
  3. Do the art references in the book enhance or limit your vision of Clary's world?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Art serves as a metaphorical safe place for Clary (her happy place), and a literal safe place for the Mortal Cup.

Clary's exposure to the world of the Shadowhunters gives her a new appreciation for the beauty of the real world that will only strengthen her abilities as an artist.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
back to top