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Marginalia: Hannah Rothschild


Welcome to Marginalia… a look beyond the pages of a book.

Our first episode features an interview with Hannah Rothschild… a Renaissance woman of sorts. She is a documentary filmmaker, a nonfiction author… and she’s the chairwoman for the National Gallery in London. I caught up with her recently to talk about her latest project, her first work of fiction .

The novel features a piece by French painter, Watteau, after it is discovered in a London junk shop. Both Rothschild’s book and the painting share the same name--The Improbability of Love. And although the book and the painting are both fictionalized, Rothschild didn’t have to wander far from her life in the art world for source material.

Here’s our conversation:




The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild was published by Knopf.

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