My published books on art and art history

What Great Artworks Say

New out in April 2022!

What Great Artworks Say uncovers the hidden messages and subtle details of some of the world’s most famous works of art.

By looking at the history of the artist, the techniques, customs and influences at the time, this book opens up the deeper meaning of more than fifteen essential works of art.

What Great Artworks Say is an accessible tour of some of the most beautiful objects in art. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced art-lover, this book has something for everyone.

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What Great Artworks Say
Great Paintings Explained by Christopher P Jones

Great Paintings Explained

Imagine walking into an art gallery and looking at a painting. What does it mean? What is it trying to say? This book will help you answer these questions.

From paintings by Botticelli to Van Gogh, Great Paintings Explained explores what the pictures actually show by delving into the myths, symbolism and stories behind fifteen different works of art.

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How to Read Paintings

How to Read Paintings provides a fascinating analysis of fifteen paintings made in the Western tradition. From works by Raphael to Klimt, Dürer to Monet, this wide-ranging book looks at what the pictures actually show, including their symbolism, stories and composition.

“How to Read Paintings is an excellent book. Christopher Jones style of writing is engaging and inspiring. A very interesting book – highly recommended!” ★★★★★ recent reviewer

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How to Read Paintings by Christopher Jones
Essential Guide to Artistic Styles in Western Art History

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A beginner’s overview to the history of styles in Western art, from Medieval to Contemporary art?

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