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If you spend your childhood visiting museums hoping that paintings could talk to you and tell you their secrets, and then if you grew up hearing stories about your family’s stolen art treasures, a fascinating story is bound to emerge. Author and filmmaker Hannah Rothschild recounts how her experiences inspired her new novel, The Improbability of Love, a richly observed satire of the London art world.

Last spring Jim Cuno travelled to India to meet with partners on a number of Getty-funded initiatives. He also spoke at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest free literary event that draws over 250,000 attendees to hear author talks and musical performances. This episode is one of three “Postcards from India” Jim made during his trip.

Portrait of Hannah Rothschild

Hannah Rothschild. Photo: Harry Cory Wright

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Hannah Rothschild personal website

The Improbability of Love book

In ‘The Improbability of Love’ by Hannah Rothschild, an Art-World Caper, New York Times book review

Sarah McPhee – Postcard from India 1

India in the World – Postcard from India 3

JIM CUNO:  Hello, I’m Jim Cuno, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust. Welcome to Art and Ideas, a podcast in which I speak to artists, conservators, authors, and scholars about their work.

HANNAH ROTHSCHILD:  Running around the National Gallery, I used to look a paintings and wish that...

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