City of Bones
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
- How does Clary's art background affect the way she views the world?
- What other benefits does Clary's art background give her?
- Do the art references in the book enhance or limit your vision of Clary's world?
Chew on This
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.